Slate Calls Catholic Nuns’ Religious Beliefs “Weaseling”

Mark Rienzi, counsel for the Little Sisters of the Poor, appeared on The Kelly File last week to discuss the Sisters’ case, as well as comments from the left media.

As Weasel Zippers put it, “Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times and Amanda Marcotte of Slate both take the cake.” Marcotte and Miltzik can barely contain their contempt for the Sisters, and repeat the ridiculous Obama administration claim that the whole thing boils down to a meaningless formality to be solved by an inconsequential signature on a practically imaginary piece of paper that will never have any practical impact on anything at all ever. One would think such tiny, insignificant matters wouldn’t merit the attention of the highest court in the land, wouldn’t one?

Weasel Zippers raises another important point:

Beyond that, if the nuns objection is not just on their refusal to back contraception, but on the Government’s lack of Constitutional right to dictate what is and is not “religious”, then signing anything would amount to a conceding of the Government’s role, which would be conceding the Constitutional point.

A concession such as that would be truly frightening indeed. You can read the rest of Weasel Zippers’ coverage here.

Previously at Right Scoop:
Pirro On Obamacare Contraception Mandate: YOU LIED!

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  • 1tootall

    Too bad this wasn’t a Muslim Brotherhood member. They could threaten to decapitate anyone who opposed their desire not to accept the mandate. That would be far more acceptable for some reason…

    • sjmom

      Don’t give the Muslim in Chief any ideas. If the administration thought they could get away with it they probably would.

  • sjmom

    You have to be a weasel yourself to call these precious women of God the same. They have devoted their lives to help the elderly and the poor and to call them names is straight from the pit of Hell. Absolutely disgusting!

  • “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
    light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
    bitter!”
    Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

    • PhillyCon

      Great Bible quote! How appropriate.

  • timsrighty

    Nuns helped raise me. A Nun helped my mother and my father in they’re last days. A Nun visited me when I was sick and in the hospital. Sisters are weasels? Oh my Lord. I think I know where the weasels are…in the White House and the DOJ…and I don’t trust the Un-supreme Court on this on. Sisters, I love you all and God Bless you and thank you.

  • Yazz55

    Given the rhetoric emanating from the white house, it would seem much more in line with their goals of fundamentally changing America to smash into smithereens organizations like the Becket Fund.

  • nirvana

    I went to Catholic school through the 8th grade – all good Nuns teaching. Obama’s unconstitutional law is being used to infringe on Catholic base beliefs, and yet I never see any obstruction to Islamic practices!

  • Rightstuff1

    This is so sad and shocking. Here are these beautiful nuns displaying Christ’s love so generously to the neediest of our elderly. This was once upon a time looked upon as showing compassion but apparently in the cruel eyes of the vicious amoral left they are simply weasels. My brothers and sisters we are big trouble in this country.

    • Patriot077

      I agree. This is the essence of tyranny at it’s worst. It is inconceivable to know it is being promoted by the very people who are supposed to protect liberty and justice.

  • bluerose75

    Sad indeed….these Nuns if you know anything about them do nothing BUT SERVE the most impoverished and downtrotten and they ask for NOTHING!!! But as usual the ABORTION GOD of the Left is what they worship and adore. Does anyone think for one minute these two left scum cakes would lift a finger to do the work these Nuns do? Can you see them coming down off the POGO STICK SO FAR UP THEIR BACKSIDES that a colonoscopy would be useless because all the crap up there?

    These NUNS live the GOSPEL in everything they do and they are INDEED ALLOWED NOT COVER WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY AGAINST THEIR VERY EXISTENCE….sign a piece of paper with the Nanny State False God and his little minions….I think not!

    Again you see how Liberals want utter compliance with their IMPOSED WILL and they could give a a Rat’s _SS about the US Constitution!! Sisters I applaud you…I have worked with you and I have nothing but the most respect for your work and your beliefs. You give as few orders do and your work is never advertised or shown but if people want to see selflessness watch the Sisters at work. Abortion and Contraception the Liberal Intelligencia can PAY FOR THEMSELVES…after all they worship that God pray to it to come you or if people who work for the NUNS do not like it….TAKE A HIKE!

  • NJK

    Obama’s a MUSLIM.

    I have donated to them. This is what that slob Peter King and the GOP are letting this fraud in the White House do. They are allowing a MB stooge to occupy the WH, and terrorize the country for the past five years. I wish the worst evil on King, Boehner, Ryan, and the rest of their sleazy ilk.

  • NJK

    Obama can’t slaughter the nuns like his friends in the Middle East do, so he’s killing them this way. You have to be blind if you don’t see it, or in denial.

    Never, never, never, has an American govt. gone after NUNS.

    THIS IS WHAT THE GOP FUNDED! I SURE HOPE THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, UNCLES, AUNTS, COUSINS, ETC. FACE THE ABUSE. MAYBE THEN, WILL THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT STEALTH JIHADIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE. He’s been committing a five year, inside, terror attack, with the help of the D Party, and funding of the GOP.

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      And not only nuns, but he’s going after every business owner offering medical insurance whose conscience this piece of paper signing would violate. The lawyer is representing not only these nuns, but the owner of Hobby Lobby as well, from what a panelist on Fox News Sunday mentioned.

    • Poptoy1949

      I could not have said it better if i had used 10,000 words. I thank you kind Sir.

  • gigi0f3

    What about the likes of Mother Teresa. She was a nun and hasn’t der leader referenced her on more than one occasion? Fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1979, or was that too long ago to remember by der leader? I am so confused, can someone please help a sister out…lol /sarc

  • John Queue

    I have no words I can write here that will describe my loathing contempt for those in government who think they may force their mandates upon such religious institutions…may they rot under the heels of Eve’s descendants…

    Gen. 3:14-15

    • Poptoy1949

      Bravo, Well said.

  • kimber1911

    This administration, specifically Obama is a coward and a fraud.. These nuns don’t fall under your privy they belong to the Lord.. Obama you are the lowest of the low.. leave these good women alone.

  • Unafraid

    Mr. President: You are evil!

  • imatellau

    John Roberts, I hope your proud of yourself! This is the epitomy of Unconstitutional Law! Why? Are you being blackmailed by the unconstitutional NSA spying?
    Lines are being formed.

  • JohnCraven

    I think it is important to remember what Dear Leader’s National Socialist Workers’ Party predecessor did to other nuns when Pius XII wrote the encyclical “Mit Brenneder Sorge” which decried everything the Nazi’s stood for and when the Dutch bishops issued their own statement in support of Pius XII’s call for opposition to the Nazis – the Fuerher ordered all Jewish converts to Catholicism sent to Auschwitz and that included Sr. Theresa Benedicta a Cruce who was Edith Stein prior to her conversion and who is now a saint in the Catholic Church.

    We are dealing with the exact same mentality in The White House today that sent Edith Stein and her real life sister to the gas chambers in Auschwitz – the very exact same mentality – absolutely no difference between what Nero Obama is doing and what Hitler and other megalomaniacs have done in the past. The only difference is in the magnitude of depravity but still it is all depraved.

    We need to keep praying for the Little Sisters of the Poor that God will grant them the courage to stand up to Nero Obama’s persecution of all people of God, with the notable exception of his Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda buddies.

    Nero Obama’s persecutions have begun while America burns to the ground under his despotic rule just as Rome burned 2000 years ago under the original Nero Obama.

    John Craven
    New Orleans

    • Great post!

      • JohnCraven

        Wolfie, I need to correct something in my post above.

        It was Pius XI who issued the encyclical “Mit Brenender Sorge” which was written in German. However, this encyclical was mostly the work of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XI’s Apostolic Nuncio in Germany and later Eugenio Pacelli would become Pius XII.

        It might seem a trivial detail but Pius XII has been so badly and unjustly maligned by communists and socialists and the like that I wanted to correct my error.

        John Craven
        New Orleans

  • curlylouis19

    What I want to know is where are all the ‘devout catholic’ democrats coming to these nun’s defense and asking the president to back off?

    • JohnCraven

      I think, like Senator Hillary Landrieu, they are being paid off mega big time along with a lot of Big Government republicans who helped defeat conservatives like Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia and put Terry MacAuliffe in as senator in Virginia and who helped keep funding Nero ObamaCare and its evil mandates because John Boner didn’t want to fight for anything or stand for anything or inspire anything or aspire to anything other than a Big Government stooge.

      You can also add the question when is Cardinal Dolan and other Cardinals going to excommunicate such Catholic politicians in New York and elsewhere of both major parties for doing this to the Little Sisters of the Poor as well as other fellow Christians!

      John Craven
      New Orleans

      • Poptoy1949

        Excellent reply. And YES it is Past time….those good Catholics Like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Mary Landrieu…and there are many more.

        • JohnCraven

          poptoy1949, my gut is telling me that the Vichy French Republicans in the GOP leadership and Karl Rove and like-spined republicans here in Louisiana have decided it is better to keep her than to defeat her – Senator Hillary Landrieu – and are in the process of throwing the fight against Landrieu for the US Senate Seat for Louisiana held by Landrieu.

          I base this on the latest developments where before Ted Cruz lost on defunding Obamacare, Rep. Bill Cassidy running as a republican to defeat Landrieu and others put together some great radio ads which really spanked Landrieu on ObamaCare and Cassidy was able to claim in the ads that he voted against ObamaCare.

          However, in recent days I heard very few of those commercials and I’ve seen where Cassidy went along with Speaker BONER and voted to keep funding ObamaCare this time.

          According to Rob Maness’ website, Cassidy was a big contributor to Mary Landriieu and even proposed his own ObamaCare when in the state legislature.

          Also another Republican has entered the contest for the Senate Seat from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

          I support Maness but I think the Vichy French Republicans are going to do everything to stop him and put Landrieu back in office.

          John Craven
          New Orleans

          • Poptoy1949

            Mr. Craven, I also have read all that you have mentioned and YES that could be happening. However let me mention this….a gentleman that I know very well,and I trust him, has told me that Bobby Jindal is,as we speak, doing everything he can to unseat Queen Mary. He is a personal friend of the Governor. My source told me that it is priority 1 with the Governor. He also informed me that all the political movement is just that….just movement and to not concern myself with it. Like you I honestly believe Maness would be better than Cassidy as a U.S. Senator and I do support him and plan to vote for him. It is going to come down to a runoff in December and it will more than likely pit on of the two TOP Republican Candidates against Queen Mary. Whomever the Republican candidate is will get my vote. My part of the state is going to go to the Republican. People here are a little angry with her vote on Obamacare. I pray my source is correct. I live in Chataignier near the Opelousas/Eunice area. I pray it works out. To you and your family a Very Happy New Year.

            • JohnCraven

              poptoy1949, I pray you are correct.

              I have no doubt that Bobby Jindal is doing everything he can to unseat Hillary Landrieu.

              I also think his biggest opposition to unseating Hillary Landrieu is coming from the Karl Rove/Big Government wing of the GOP who are behind Cassidy’s candidacy.

              Before the recent budget deal which Boner “won” for us with Nero Obama, Cassidy had a lot of really good radio commercials on Rush Radio here in New Orleans which touted that he voted against Obama(doesn’t)Care when Ted Cruz was trying to get it defunded.

              However, since Cassidy, dutifully, voted for Boner’s deal which funds Obama(doesn’t)Care, those great radio commercials have all but vanished from the air here. I think those radio spots had a great deal to do with Hillary Landrieu’s plunging poll numbers. They may have actually worked too well for the likes of some in the GOP establishment in Washington who may actually like Landrieu to stay if they can’t replace her with one of their own, namely Cassidy.

              It may also be why a state republican legislator at the last minute entered the field against Landrieu to try and take more votes away from Maness in much the same way that a “Libertarian” candidate in Virginia took votes away from Cuccinelli.

              This is my “gut” feeling about the upcoming election to unseat Hillary Landrieu – that the Big Whigs in Washington have decided if their guy can’t win they will do everything they can to make sure Hillary Landrieu wins instead of a genuine bona fide “fire-breathing” TEA Party conservative like Maness who can go into the Senate and give badly needed support to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and other good guys.

              It might also be why Vitter is looking to get out of the Senate and run for governor. I guess he’s had enough of the Big Whigs not fighting for our nation’s future the way they were sent to Washington to do.

              Rush was talking today about the latest shenanigans afoot by Speaker Boner to bring up an amnesty bill after the filing deadlines for the Congressional races. Is it any wonder that this level of total deceit on the part of the Big Whigs in the GOP gives me a “gut feeling” that they – not Jindal – would do everything they could to keep Hillary Landrieu in the Senate instead of putting a great guy like Maness in there?!!!

              After Katrina, I stayed with one of my sisters in Franklin, Louisiana, at their home on Bayou Teche which is a stone’s throw down the road from Opelousas. Very beautiful country there.
              My sister was housing roughly 40 some odd people for several weeks. We got hit by Hurricane Rita while we were there.

              You live in a blessed land poptoy 1949.

              Via con Dios.

              John Craven
              New Orleans

              • Poptoy1949

                Dear Mr. Craven, Thank you for the nice compliment. I do live in a nice area. I live in a very Rural area. People are laid back but we have to deal with making a living like the rest of the world. It just comes easier in these parts. Trust me when I say I could never ever live in the New Orleans metro area. New Orleans is so beautiful in so many ways and the museums in New Orleans are very much worth the trip BUT all those people on top of one another…..more than I care to even try to live by. I guess it is just a matter of what you really want in life. Hurricane Rita or as people say..Katrina #2 was bad. But it did get me a new rood for my house…..I had good insurance coverage. LOL. In our part of Louisiana we pack up and get out when they say hurricane. That lesson was learned in 1957 compliments of Hurricane Audrey that cause the death of over 600 people in cameron and Vermilion Parishes. Thankfully I live far enough inland that we don’t get it as bad as the coastal areas. Now for the politics. Karl Rove is indeed not a friend of the Tea Party and I agree with your statements that he will do all in his power to get Cassidy elected. I agree with totally that Cassidy is not the brightest Bulb in the race and YES I am critical of some of his votes also. Maness is indeed the better candidate. He is a very good speaker on top of everything. YES, they will cut the vote up as much as they can to get Landrieu some points. In Louisiana politics are always down right Dirty. But take a look at the race this way……and I am being really serious here. The one thing the Republican Party wants and NEEDS right now is to take the Senate in the fall of 2014. THAT is not going to happen easily. Of possibly 6 seats that can come over to the Republicans they need 5 for sure. That one fact right there is going to keep Queen Mary from being re-elected…..that I feel deep down in my soul. Please keep that in mind. It may not be the man you and I may want as our next Senator but at least it is not Queen Mary. I honestly believe that she is finished and she knows it….but is not going to give up. Maness is going to get the short end of the stick but don’t count him out all together. The word is that Vitter is going to run for Governor and I see Maness as the Man taking his place. Everyone has said Jindal will run. I don’t think so. He could beat Queen Mary hands down now and he did not bother to get in the race. I think in another 4 years Maness has a better than average shot at becoming Vitter’s replacement. And by the way……Franklin and St, Mary parish in general is one of the most beautiful places on GOD’s Green Earth. Your sister is living in a beautiful area of the world. Bon Soir Mon Amie, POP.

                • JohnCraven

                  I really enjoyed your great reply.

                  The first hurricane I remember was, I think in 1957 too – maybe 1956 or 1958 and that was Hurricane Flossy. Everyone remembers what happened to Cameron Parish by Hurricane Audrey. No matter where you live in the state, all of us remember what happened there.

                  The next big hurricane, of course, was Betsy. It hit a week before my mom was due for my second youngest brother. Mayor Schiro got on the tv around 8:00 pm that night and told us to evacuate immediately. My mom and me had been already putting stuff together that afternoon and my dad had just sat down to look at the tv when Mayor Schiro got on tv to tell us to evacuate and my dad piled us all – 8 of us at the time into the old Chevrolet Impala station wagon and we headed for the school nearby where we went, St. Dominic’s, and I remember when we got out of the car we were already being hit by very very strong winds. We were actually leaning into the wind just like you see them do on The Weather Channel. We managed to get us all inside. There must have been several thousand people there. My mom went up on the 3rd floor and never got a wink of sleep, of course. Around 1 am we got hit with a funnel cloud/tornado and it literally pushed one of the walls inside the school about 2 or 3 inches. The next morning we went right back home and started cleaning up.

                  The same thing happened with Camille which hit the Gulf Coast around Biloxi the hardest but it also hit lower Plaquemines. My grandfather on my mom’s side came from Waveland and we went back to see what happened. It was unbelievable devastation. Then of course there was Katrina and Rita. One of my brothers got me and our parents a room at a hotel he worked at right by the Aquarium of the Americas to ride out the storm because my parents, especially my dad, were too old to get in an hours long evacuation. We rode the storm out in a safe room – a banquet room on the 3rd floor. I remember trying to take the elevator down from our room around 10 pm and it wouldn’t go down because of the wind coming up the shaft.

                  The next day we tried to get back to my parents’ home in Lakeview but every which way we went was blocked way and we ended up going back to the hotel and spent another night. We saw the roof off of the Superdome and almost got trapped on the I-10 there twice.

                  The next day I went out on Canal Street and saw the water up to Royal and went and got my parents in my vehicle and proceeded passed the Convention Center which was just a pile of rubble but no people and then went across the Mississippi River Bridge – saw one may with all of his belongs in a sheet over his back walking across the river and then proceeded to God’s country to my sister’s house on Bayou Teche – she put up some 40 to 45 of us including 2 hotel guests my brother rescued – and that’s where we got to see what everyone else was seeing on tv. I think the levees of the outflow canals that broke had been considerably weakened by a really mean little Hurricane Cindy – a category one – which hit us about 5 weeks before Katrina. It was a viscous little storm.

                  poptoy 1949, I have no doubt in my mind that most of us are going to vote Landrieu out and my hope is that Maness will win but I truly don’t believe that the Republican Party nationally wants to win the senate back unless they win it with big government republicans and even then I don’t think they want to win it back.

                  Just look at Chris Krispy Creme Christi.

                  You had Sean Hannity on his radio show for the last two days trying to convince everyone that “there’s no evidence” that Chris Krispy had any involvement with this scandal which may have cost the life of someone. Even Rush Limbaugh isn’t swallowing that.

                  How does it save our nation to replace left-wing Marxist Democrats with left-wing Marxist republicans? “If we always do what we always did we always get what we always got!” is a very old saying but it is very true.

                  I disagree entirely with the notion that Maness should wait till another “better” “safer” time.

                  I think we need to act bold and be bold. Cassidy is not that. He contributed to Mary Landrieu in the past. He tried to get his own version of Obamacare passed in our legislature. He is everything that the Big Government politicians would want to replace Landrieu which means he would be no replacement.

                  Why else have they taken down all of the great radio ads which have shot Landrieu right between the eyes on Obamacare and brought down her poll numbers substantially if they actually wanted to win the senate seat she has? The GOP and Cassidy have taken them down because they really don’t want to win. I think a lot of Big Government Republicans stand to make a fortune off of Obamacare.

                  If Maness gets in he will help Ted Cruz repeal it. If Cassidy gets in Cassidy won’t do anything to repeal it.

                  I really don’t trust the National GOP. I think they are capable of any treason just like the Democrats they so much want to be like as you can see in Chris Krispy Creme Christi.

                  Please do all you can to get out the vote for Maness. I truly believe replacing Landrieu with Cassidy will change nothing in Washington except the deck chairs on the Titanic.

                  John Craven
                  New Orleans

    • Good question. those fake Catholic liberals are a source of great frustration for many of us.

  • RevnantDream

    Not Catholic. Seems to me though the Muslim Obama is out to get Christianity in any form. Would he force Muslims to sign these types of documents? We all know the answer to that.
    Freedom of conscience is now dead in America. Religion is banned, except as a personnel belief. With the State enforcing its laws over ones convictions. That folks is not freedom of Religion.Not even freedom from Religion. Its enforcement of the State. Its Emperor Worship no different than a Nero. In the old days instead of a form, you where given the choice of burning incense to the “genius” of the Emperor (Caesar embodied the Empire) . Proving your loyalty to the State. Where is the difference. Except the penalty of death for treason?
    I figure that’s coming as well.

  • Dr. Strangelove

    Obama: “How many divisions do The Little Sisters of the Poor have?”

  • Robert A Mitchell

    Pure unadulterated evil, which we continue to discuss like having coffee and cake. This is ugly, this is tyranny.

  • Sentinel

    This is intolerable.

  • lawngren

    slate has no beliefs, so he thinks any beliefs are as phony as he is.

  • Jim McCormack

    How many Catholics voted for Obama 2 times ? PLAIN STUPID ! Can’t people read or listen to Obama and tell he’s a Muslim ,Communist, maybe an atheist, but he hates the US and it’s people. wants to destroy our system and Freedoms, take away our guns and let his Muslim Brotherhood buddies take over.

    • Poptoy1949

      As a Roman Catholic I can tell you this…..To Damned many of them… and it chapped me. What had they read or heard that I did not for them to vote the way they did. It was a let down to say the least.

    • USMC 64-68

      I understand your point as the focus of Dear Leader and the progressive democrats’ tyranny is directed at a R.C. Catholic organization.

      However, the focus of your question should be widened, e.g. How many Americans voted for Dear Leader, not once, but twice?

      The values of the progressive democrat party are not compatible with those of the Declaration and the Constitution.