John McHugh, Obama's secretary of the army, agreed before Sunday masses that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop's letter, but the line "We cannot -- we will not -- comply with this unjust law" was removed at McHugh's suggestion.
Network coverage of this outrage? Zero. But at this point, the networks were all leading their newscasts with the non-story that Planned Parenthood might be denied less than a million dollars for breast cancer screenings.
Journalists claim to be zealots for the First Amendment. But when it comes to the state ordering around the Catholic Church -- from banning the reading of bishops' letters and then compromising by censoring sentences -- it sounds like they'd be comfortable with some kind of Potemkin Catholic Church akin to the one in communist China, an official church that bows to the state.
The issue finally broke out on the Sunday morning interview programs on Feb. 5, but only because Newt Gingrich forced the issue onto the agenda in his CBS and NBC appearances. ABC, CNN and Fox asked about it.
The Obama administration's hostility to religious liberty isn't limited to Catholics. Last fall, the Department of Justice filed a brief at the Supreme Court against a Lutheran school's attempt to fire a teacher. Cheryl Perich had sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church said Perich violated church tenets by bringing her grievance to the federal government rather than appealing to the church to win reinstatement.
Ed Whelan of National Review declared the DOJs position was "even more hostile" to the Lutherans "than the amicus brief filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the ACLU."
On Jan. 11, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of the Lutherans. In a short stand-up report, NBCs Pete Williams described it as "easily the most important decision on religious freedom in decades." But wait -- that's all he said? If it was this historic, was it not worth mentioning the extreme position of the Obama forces?
ABC and CBS aired nothing on that high court decision. These networks don't have sympathy for, or even an interest in, religious Americans -- unless, of course, someone's protesting a mosque at ground zero.