Last week, I pointed out how PolitiFact crowned the promoter in chief's sound bite for Obamacare the "Lie of the Year" for 2013: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."
I also made a prediction that among his top 10 falsehood contenders for 2014 will be a reversal of what he emphatically stated back on Sept. 9, 2009: "Under our (health care reform) plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."
I showed how President Barack Obama already has repeatedly broken that promise over the past few years. But a coup de grace came when Obamacare mandated nonprofit companies and religion-affiliated institutions across the country to provide contraception and drugs that possibly induce abortions in their employee health care plans.
As Fox News explained, "the policy is among the law's most contentious provisions because it exempts churches that oppose contraception but requires religious-affiliated organizations, such as colleges or hospitals, to provide the coverage for their workers."
That is why, in 2012, a group of nuns -- the Little Sisters of the Poor -- appealed to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for help on behalf of their care facility for the elderly, because Obamacare was forcing them into an ethical dilemma in which they must violate their faith or pay fines.
So on New Year's Eve, just a day before the provision in Obamacare was to be forced upon them, Sotomayor blocked the requirement upon the nuns in order to look into the matter further.
In response to the nuns' appeal, the U.S. Department of Justice immediately argued in legal papers filed a couple of weeks ago that the nuns don't have a leg to stand on. The Obama administration tried to explain that the nuns don't have to offer contraception -- including abortion-inducing drugs -- as long as they sign a government form that delegates the action to a third party. But for the nuns' religious conviction, whether they offer the contraception or sign a waiver for another to do so is simply sin. Yet without signing that "self-certification" form, the nuns would incur steep government fines.
It is still unknown when Sotomayor will rule on these ludicrous government actions and violations of the nuns' personal religious liberty and constitutional rights.
But what is most illuminating about the rise of the nuns' perilous and oppressive situation is the utter silence of Obama, who often has stood up for progressive minorities who were being crushed by bullying. As NBC News reported about the nuns' crisis, "the White House's reaction was muted."
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