Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor
Are they not religious enough for a religious exemption from the government’s HHS Mandate? President Obama and his administration don’t think so, but fortunately, the Supreme Court does — at least for now. Thank God!
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an injunction upholding Justice Sotomayor’s order on Dec. 31, which exempted Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian Brothers from the mandatory contraception requirements of the Affordable Care Act (CNS Story). In its three sentence statement, the Court announced:
“If the employer applicants inform the secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that they are nonprofit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of the appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. To meet the condition for injunction pending appeal, applicants need not use the form prescribed by the Government and need not send copies to third-party administrators. The Court issues this order based on all of the circumstances of the case, and this order should not be construed as an expression of the Court’s views on the merits.”
That means the President needs to let the courts do their job, i.e., to uphold the law, not enforce his ridiculous orders.
It would be simply brutish for the President to continue pursuing his will to force the Little Sisters to comply with the HHS Mandate. His best move would be to stop now, not issue any more statements, and move on to more important matters, relevant to governing our country.