Reposted from Blue Like You – Feb. 1, 2012
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I’ve often thought of Dalton McGuinty as a kind of Obama Mini-me; especially when he has the sleeves of his white shirt rolled up in the exact manner of his hero.
Their ruthless pursuit of green energy at the expense of economic common sense is one obvious comparison.
But it’s also interesting that both leaders are now alienating Catholics in what once was their traditional base, by attempting to force behaviour according to ideology of the state rather than faith.
With Obama, the battleground is forced employer health care coverage for items not condoned by the Catholic church including the morning-after pill.
In Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s Government is trying to bully Catholic School boards into providing anti-bullying clubs with a preference for those specifically dealing with Gays.
Both men seem to be caught in the middle of a clash of values between mutually antagonistic rights’ groups (i.e. Gay & Feminist activists vs. traditional Catholicism).
And both seem to be doing their best to eradicate what they perceive to be a bigoted attitude by legislating it out of existence – even if it treads on the toes of religious freedom.
This could have some political fallout in both countries.
Or else Big Government might be successful in stifling the very spirit that fosters concern for others in our western society – as Ross Douthat notes in the New York Times:
The White House attack on conscience is a vindication of health care reform’s critics, who saw exactly this kind of overreach coming. But it’s also an intimation of a darker American future, in which our voluntary communities wither away and government becomes the only word we have for the things we do together.
A chilling way for a supposed democracy to end up – on either side of the border.
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Outstanding column by Michael Gerson – Obama plays his Catholic allies for fools (Washington Post):
…And the astounding ambition of this federal precedent will soon be apparent to every religious institution. Obama is claiming the executive authority to determine which missions of believers are religious and which are not — and then to aggressively regulate institutions the government declares to be secular. It is a view of religious liberty so narrow and privatized that it barely covers the space between a believer’s ears.
Obama’s decision also reflects a certain view of liberalism. Classical liberalism was concerned with the freedom to hold and practice beliefs at odds with a public consensus. Modern liberalism uses the power of the state to impose liberal values on institutions it regards as backward…
Yes that last statement could certainly be applied to the Ontario Liberal Party.
More from Michelle Malkin – First, they came for the Catholics:
As always, tolerance is a one-way street in the Age of Obama. “Choice” is in the eye (and iron fist) of the First Amendment usurper.
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…The ultimate goal is to shut down healthcare providers — Catholic healthcare institutions employ about 540,000 full-time workers and 240,000 part-time workers — whose religious views cannot be tolerated by secular zealots and radical social engineers.
Is it any surprise their counterparts in the “Occupy” movement have moved from protesting “Wall Street” to harassing pro-life marchers in Washington, DC, and hurling condoms at Catholic school girls in Rhode Island? Birds of a lawless, bigoted feather bully together.