Rick Santorum: Obama Forces Catholics to Sin!

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Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum claims that the Obama administration is forcing Catholics to sin, primarily with its health care law.

At a campaign event for Mitt Romney, Santorum said that the President "is directly assaulting the First Amendment and freedom of religion."

"He is going to tell you what to do in the practice of your faith. He is forcing business people right now to do things that are against their conscience."

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"If you're a Catholic - you’ll have to go to confession … to confess that you are complying with a government program that is a sin in the Catholic church."

He was referring to Obamacare (a.k.a. the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) requiring most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception.

Claiming that President Obama forces Catholics to violate their faith, a common talking point among some Republicans, is a tough sell for several reasons:

  1. Studies indicate that many - some say as many as 98 percent - of sexually active Catholic women have used an artificial method of contraception.
  2. Churches are exempt from Obama's contraception rule entirely and faith-based organizations that morally oppose it are offered a work-around.
  3. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's constitutionality this year, which likely wouldn't have happened if it violated the First Amendment.
  4. Romney enforced a similar contraception mandate as Massachusetts Governor.

Those are just facts. If you want to debate Santorum's logic on a philosophical level, other pillars of the GOP platform might also be affronts to his faith.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lambasted Paul Ryan's budget - which cuts assistance for the poor in order to offset tax cuts for the wealthy - this year.

This summer, a network of nuns protested the budget, saying that "Catholic teaching is based on solidarity" and the proposed cuts "doesn't pass the moral test."

Speaking of cut, have you seen Paul Ryan shirtless?

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Im Catholic and my wife and I do not use birthcontrol. I dont care if 99.99999% OF catholics weren;t using birth control, the church still teaches that it's wrong. The bible also says never sin. But the reality is we all do so whats your point?

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This Jack Jaw creep is exactly the type that shows up for Sunday becuz there's a 7th day in the week! I wish he would shut his long ass face up about religion becuz his priest lucifer is not a Catholic! How can you open your trap about ANYBODY being religious when your COWARD HYPOCRIT ASS DOESN'T HAVE A RELIGIOUS BONE IN YOUR BODY! Stick to talking about your fallen brother Sandusky and what you good ok boys do to boys in the SHOWER!

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you are aware that whether or not the supreme court got it right in terms of Roe V Wade is a matter of opinion, not a fact correct?

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The word is "OFFER". You are free to decline.

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Santorum is one of those "Cafeteria Catholics", he picks and choose what he wants to rail about like the Affordable Healthcare Act. Where was his outrage with the priests who abused children. And he seems to be ad odds with the Bishops that support helping the unfortunate when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid. No one is forcing Catholic women to use birth control, but is is very evident that they do. Why don't you see large families in Church anymore. As you know many women choose surgical contraception in this day and age. Again, are men held to the same standard, have not heard any one banning vesectomy or Catholic doctors who perform them. Where is the outrage for the death penalty and Bush's unjust war. Is this a Catholic speaking on a politican who practices the "religion of Hypocrisy" ?? EEH Santorum and Ryan!!!.

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Fact is....Catholics are mobilizing for Romney. Even if they use birth control. The Catholic Bishops got burned on Obama Care...this voting block has woke up. Obama won't care them this time.

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no,no,no,no,no!dnt do it.u gt yo self into a furnance.

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Oh please now playing the religion card..cmon!! Go to Rome thats catholicism buddy.

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There is a group, Catholics for Obama. Many catholic women are on some kind of birth control when they are trying to plan their family during child-bearing years. Obamacare is not attacking any religion. Religious freedom means that you can do what you want, take birth control or not. Go to a doctor or not. Making laws that takes away freedom from non-catholics or even non-christians is not religious freedom. As usual Santorum has it backwards. People who think that their christianity is at stake are dead wrong. No one wants to take away your right to go to church. No one is taking away your church or your bibles. The GOP has successfully divided this nation with misinformation, creating hate and war in our own country. Leave Church out of State!

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I believe the quoted data about 98% of Catholic women having used contraception has been proven wrong. I can't even imagine that number being close to accurate. In addition, the Catholic Church is involved in MANY other organizations other than the physical church building: Catholic universities, hospitals, adoption agencies, Catholic Charities, etc. These organizations do not get the exemption that the church building workers get. The Supreme Court doesn't always get it right (Roe V Wade).

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