Team Obama has always acted like the Chicago mafia operation that it is: they intimidate, arm-twist, threaten, and punish just like an organized crime syndicate. When it comes to rolling like gangsters, the Clintons were pikers compared to Team Obama.
A few months ago, they bullied the Catholic Church and other religious organizations by mandating that they provide insurance coverage for birth control, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs---in violation of their most deeply held beliefs and of religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.
Team Obama told them to take a flying leap. Which is what most people, groups, and institutions do when faced with the wrath of Gangland Obama.
This time, however, they may have met their match. Like the 28 states that sued the administration over the constitutionality of ObamaCare, various Catholic organizations are now doing the same thing over the mandate.
According to CNSNews.com, "The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
"The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country.
"The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has established a special website--preservereligiousfreedom.org--to explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.
""This lawsuit is about an unprecedented attack by the federal government on one of America's most cherished freedoms: the freedom to practice one's religion without government interference," the archdiocese says on the website. "It is not about whether people have access to certain services; it is about whether the government may force religious institutions and individuals to facilitate and fund services which violate their religious beliefs.""
I suspect Team Obama didn't anticipate this. I think they expected the Church to just roll over and take government coercion, the way they expected everyone in America to lie back and take ObamaCare.
To this tyrannical steamroll, some of the most powerful leaders of the Catholic Church are saying, "You know what, Mr. President? No, we can't, and no, we won't." This time, the Chicago mafia may have picked on the wrong opponent. The Church is strong, powerful, wealthy, and influential with a lot of voters. And now, it's defending not just itself but the Constitution. Catholic or not, we should all be cheering on the Church. And you know what, Mr. President? Yes, we can.