Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sebelius to address Georgetown grads amid flap

May 16, 2012


— A planned graduation speech by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University is going forward, despite criticism from the Archdiocese of Washington that Sebelius is an inappropriate choice for the Jesuit school.

The Archdiocese on Tuesday said in a statement that Sebelius' actions as a public official "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history." Sebelius helped shape President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law, which includes a mandate that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control for workers. Catholic bishops have led opposition to the mandate.

Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is scheduled to speak Friday at a ceremony for graduates of Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. A Georgetown spokeswoman said Wednesday that the plans have not changed.


Hooligan_016 5 years, 11 months ago

'The Archdiocese on Tuesday said in a statement that Sebelius' actions as a public official "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history."'

That's rich.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

My, my, their omnipotent god must be losing some of her potency. If they Catholics don't like the government, they have that right. They should also turn down all federal funds that may come to their institutions.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

Should they turn down all federal funds for things like Catholic Charities, St. (fill in the blank) hospitals, etc., where will all those in need go?
Your suggestion is a classic case of seeking a lose/lose situation. Why cut off your nose (and mine) just to spite your face?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Should they be able to put religious strings on the federal dollars they use to cover employee wages and benefits? That's the real question.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

I recall during my earlier years, a time when the draft was still in place, members of certain well known "peace" churches (Amish and others) were exempt from the draft. But at that time, other groups tried to claim that exemption without having any tradition, any real standing to make such a claim. They were mail order churches where with no commitment, and a couple of bucks, any person could become a "minister" and then claim the draft exemption. I think with any amount of common sense knows that one was a legitimate claim and one was not. Now getting back to the issue at hand. I think we should look at each church, each religious organization, each religious charity and determine if their opposition to government policies (whether it's the draft, or compelling of certain types of insurance), violates their well known and long standing traditions of opposition. If their opposition is well known, long standing, then we honor that opposition and work with them towards reasonable compromises. If their opposition is a sham, then call it for what it is.
I've stated many times I am not a religious person, not a member of any church. I believe that government's interactions with churches should be neutral, to the best of it's ability. Reading posts here, there is certainly an undercurrent of hostility to religion and to specific churches. That is their right. However, that should not be the official policy of government. The history of relations between government and various entities has been that frequently, accommodations have been made. I would recommend that compromise be sought here as well.

Orwell 5 years, 11 months ago

Quite the opposite. Demanding that certain religious beliefs control public policy is a far greater threat to religious liberty.

Archdiocese, please get back to me when you have the same level of concern over making me pay taxes that go for killing people. Until then, "Be not like the hypocrites…."

kansanjayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Apparently you have never heard of just war theory. Not all war is evil sometimes it is necessary to defend freedom because freedom is not free.

kansanjayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Sebelius has consistently sided with evil throughout her political career. The capstone was when as governor she honored a late-term abortionist in the governors mansion.

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 11 months ago

Just your opinion. I have always admired and appreciated her pro choice ideals. Insurance that covers birth control is a long ways from late-term abortion, however.

pace 5 years, 11 months ago

The churches should not be tax free institution, if they have a non profit charity arm, sure, but no, property taxes, etc. They should not be tax free.

patkindle 5 years, 11 months ago

if churches in lawrence sold drugs they would be better recieved by the locals

RiverCityConservative 5 years, 11 months ago

great governor, great public servant, great keynote choice

Paul R Getto 5 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps the saddest part of all this flap over birth control, etc. is it does hurt the Catholic mission. Like all institutions run by men, they are flawed, but they do great things for many of the poor and, at times, emulate the teachings of the great ESSENE. Wish they could settle the situation and get back to helping the poor. Shanti.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Don't let open minds speak offer another viewpoint.....

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