The next time you hear some fuzzy-headed Christian tell you that he is a Democrat because the left cares about the poor, while the right doesn't, please point him to this story. The Little Sisters of the Poor (you savvy them?) are on the verge of having to suspend their operations in the United States because of the Obamacare HHS mandate. Unless the mandate is overturned or the religious exemption is forcibly expanded by SCOTUS, it looks like that is what is going to happen. Steve Skojec says,
When the sister speaking at the Mass I attended mentioned this, it both made me angry and broke my heart. When did we become a country mentioned in the same breath as nations known for oppression, human rights violations, and an environment hostile to freedom of conscience?We’ve all been fighting this battle against the coming darkness for quite some time, but something about this small, unassuming nun telling the parish that they would be forced to discontinue their care for the elderly poor, and even worse, to leave the country altogether, really drove it home. This is what it has come to. We are no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. We have become something else.
This is not the America I grew up in. This is not the America I want for my children. I want to recommend a course of action, some concrete thing that people can do to put a stop to this madness, but like the relentless evil of legal abortion that came before it, there’s only so much that can humanly be done. The only thing for it is to keep praying, keep fighting, and keep teaching our children what America was, and should be again.
One wonders: When people mouth platitudes about how the left cares for the little guy, have they been living in a cave? Do they know nothing about, for example, the shut-down of Catholic Charities' adoption services in Boston? Nothing of the threat right now to all manner of Christian charitable works from the HHS mandate? I fear that they are, in Anthony Esolen's apt phrase, "of the world but not in it." Will getting out more information make a difference? I don't know. But whether it does or not, it behooves us to have the information, to know the truth, and to teach it to our children.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Zechariah 7:9-11