Demand Obama Apologize for Calling Catholics Schools 'Divisive'
[Background: On Saturday June 16th, in front of thousands of Catholic youth in Northern Ireland, President Obama repeatedly accused Catholic schools of being sources of division. He said: "...if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs -- if we can’t see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division."]
Sign our Letter Demanding Obama Apologize for Calling Catholic Schools Divisive!
Dear President Obama,
Catholic schools are not divisive. Catholics have every right to build and maintain good Catholic schools to educate and improve the lives of young people. Catholic education has provided an incalculable benefit to the people of Northern Ireland as it does in every country where it is allowed to flourish.
This smear in Northern Ireland constitutes a growing pattern of hostility on the part of this administration toward Catholics. The Obama administration has ruled that some Catholic colleges are no longer sufficiently Catholic enough to warrant a religious exemption from the HHS Mandate. Two years ago, the Obama Justice Department argued before the Supreme Court that religious institutions have no right to decide what type of persons will be allowed to minister to their parishes and schools.
Beginning August 1, the Obamacare HHS Mandate will impose unprecedented violations to conscience and potentially millions of dollars in fines on Catholic schools who refuse to pay for abortion drugs, sterilizations, and other medical procedures inconsistent with Church teaching.
We call for you to apologize for your insensitive remarks about Catholic education, and to restate your commitment to ensure Catholics enjoy full religious freedom in their schools, churches, charities and businesses.
Catholics, and all Americans, deserve better from their President.
Brian Burch, President
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