'Little Sisters of the Poor' Refuse to Bow to Obamacare
When it comes to public opinion, the Obama Administration couldn’t find a worse group to pick a fight with than this order of nuns who attend to the frail and elderly
Why would the Obama Administration target a group of nuns who have taken vows of poverty and run nationwide nursing homes for the poor?
“When the Obama administration picked a fight with Catholics and other religious groups over free birth control coverage for employees, sooner or later it was bound to end up doing battle with a group like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” writes the editorial board of USA Today. “And sure enough, the administration is now stuck arguing that it is justified in compelling nuns who care for the elderly poor to assist in offering health insurance that they say conflicts with their religious beliefs. Talk about a political loser.”
“This is the haves hammering the have-nots. Literally,” writes Deroy Murdock for the Washington Times. “The Little Sisters clutch the short end of the income-inequality stick. There is no economic justice in their abuse from Mr. Obama and the dapper despots at Eric Holder Jr.’s Justice Department.”
“The Little Sisters do their work for free,” says Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents these nuns. “They are not paid salaries,” he adds. “Each Little Sister takes a vow of poverty. They don’t personally own anything.”
“When it comes to public opinion, you can’t find a worse group to pick a fight with than the Little Sisters of the Poor,” writes Mary Ann Walsh in U.S. News and World Report. “They’re an order of nuns who attend to the frail and elderly. With longstanding generosity to those in need, the Little Sisters hold moral sway.