WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administration's latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Cardinal Timothy Donlan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his group would redouble efforts to reach an agreement on the contraceptives issue after more than a year of protest and scores of federal lawsuits from Catholics groups and other social conservatives.
But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only "second-class status" to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship.Lesson One: Obama doesn't want compromise. He doesn't want to collaborate with Catholics or any conservative for that matter. He doesn't want to bridge the divide. He doesn't want to heal old wounds. He doesn't want to bring people together. He doesn't want bipartisanship. He doesn't want to "work across the aisle."
Obama wants division. He wants to agitate. He wants to exploit. He wants rancor. He wants to tear apart and conquer. This is the source of his power.
He wants to destroy, eviscerate, annihilate, eradicate, redefine and render irrelevant his opposition. Until our side finally gets that, we're going to continue to sink in the sand.
This isn't "politics as usual." This is political war.