Did “Catholics” Defeat The Blunt Amendment?


The Blunt Amendment failed narrowly in the Senate yesterday.  By a slim margin (51 to 48), the Senate beat back an effort to allow employers to chose what health care benefits their employees’ will receive based on the employer’s “moral objections.”

But The National Catholic Register  believes they’ve been betrayed by their fellow Democrats in the Senate, and are calling them out.

Catholics voting against were Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa),  John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), Patty Murray (D-Washington), and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island).

If you do the math 11 Catholics in the Senate voted for conscience protections and 13 voted against.  A majority of the Catholics in the Senate voted against conscience protections for their Church institutions and the religious liberty of all Americans.

Catholics defeated the Blunt amendment.

If nothing else, it’s interesting to see so many senators identified via their various Christian denominations.  I seem to remember there was a time when faith and politics were supposed to be kept separate, not used as a guide for voting.

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  • crowepps

    In response to a ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court making the country the first in Latin America to legalize abortion, the country’s bishops said Thursday that civil disobedience may be necessary to resist the new immoral law. Likewise, Bogotá’s Archbishop, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz is threatening excommunication against the responsible lawmakers.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/colombian_bishops_threaten_civil_disobedience_excommunication_for_creators_of_new_abortion_law/

     Mexico

     After the law was passed in April 2007, the Catholic Church … blasted the Court and … Pope Benedict hinted that Mexico City legislators and Supreme Court justices who voted to allow abortion in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy had excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church.

    http://studentorgs.law.smu.edu/getattachment/International-Law-Review-Association/Resources/LBRA-Archive/16-1/Article7.pdf.aspx

    Brazil

    When Pope Benedict visited Brazil—the country with the largest Catholic population in Latin America—in May of this year he caused a stir by telling a journalist that politicians who support pro-abortion laws should be excommunicated and should not receive communion. The Vatican press office then tried to soften the Pope’s statement, but it still left many politicians and pro-choice advocates fuming.

    http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(07)61143-X/fulltext

    I can find lots more if you want them.

    In the United States, of course, since our legislature, supreme court and administration aren’t 100% Catholic, YET, they are taking it to the media instead:

    Chicago’s Archbishop: Obama Will ‘Steal’ Or Close Down All Catholic Hospitals Within Two Years

    Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-29/politics/31109267_1_barack-obama-church-and-state-health-insurance#ixzz1nzK24FLX

  • jjt

    Did you happen to notice the “D” after the 13 names?  Need I say more!

  • jennifer-starr

    Forever grateful to the people with the “D” after their names. If it wasn’t for them we’d all be in trouble. 

  • catfitz

    Yes, and that’s what the “progressive” secularists at RHRealityCheck have to realize about their “science” — just in order to preserve our freedom of conscience and belief, people like me who have always voted for Democrats will have to switch our vote to Republicans.

     

    And we most certainly will be doing that, starting with never voting for Obama again.

     

  • jennifer-starr

    That’s your right, I suppose. And conversely, after seeing the war that the ‘Christian’ Conservatives have been waging on women and women’s rights in this country , people like me who used to be independent voters will probably never trust or vote for another Republican again. 

  • colleen

    just in order to preserve our freedom of conscience and belief, people like me who have always voted for Democrats will have to switch our vote to Republicans.

    Apparently your ‘conscience’  and belief  encourages shameless lying.

  • prochoiceferret

    Yes, and that’s what the “progressive” secularists at RHRealityCheck have to realize about their “science”

     

    That “Democrats” like you don’t actually give a rat’s patootie about fact-based, scare-quotes-free science?

     

    just in order to preserve our freedom of conscience and belief, people like me who have always voted for Democrats will have to switch our vote to Republicans.

     

    Is that the modern-day form of “We had to destroy the village in order to save it?”

     

    And we most certainly will be doing that, starting with never voting for Obama again.

     

    John McCain thanks you for “never voting for Obama” in 2008!