I like to think of Fr. Peter Preble as a respected colleague.
As such, we should be able to disagree on certain points without rancor.
However, there appears to be one area where this is not possible.
That is the area of whether the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services are engaging in an assault on religious freedom through the Affordable Care Act.
Today he published a lengthy screed on his blog titled Courage in Leadership repeating all the same old attacks. I responded with the following comment.
Your arguments and those of the Catholic Bishops on this issue are totally specious.
It is not your religious freedom that is being restricted; it is the ability of your essentially secular institutions (schools, hospitals, etc.) to penalize employees and students for not conforming to your religious beliefs. The churches and the institutions are not paying for contraceptive insurance and services, the insurance companies are. Any other representation is simply a deceptive canard to portray yourselves as victims.
As regards this socialism, you can easily exempt yourselves from it. Stop taking the tax money that the socialistic programs of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Education for your institutions and you can follow whatever rules you like. It would be equally egalitarian to give up all the tax exemptions that churches enjoy, since that’s just a socialist government subsidy.
Finally, the over-the-top comparison to Hitler and Stalin is especially appalling. One need only recall the conspiracy of silence by the Catholic Church and most Protestant prelates that allowed Hitler to rise to power. If needs be google Martin Niemoller.
Now, it seems that if you are going to run a blog and engage in political opinions you should at least allow opposing views. This, however, is not the first time that I’ve submitted a comment in opposition to Fr. Peter’s point of view on this subject. It is also not the first time that it has not been published.
Now it is his blog and he is free to do what he likes. However, one cannot help but be skeptical of one accusing others of using despotic tactics while they silence any voices of dissent.