The U.S. Bishops to Biden: “This is not a fact.”

In the courtroom, you are asked to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

In politics, our elected officials stick to a different standard. No one is really surprised by this. A politician describes the country’s current situation and their own views in the best possible light. They put a silver lining on all bad news. They oversell their own plan as the only real way to get things done.

As Carson noted here a few days ago: “This is not the same thing as lying, which involves deliberately saying what you know to be false.”

Well, last night, Joe Biden lied. And he knows it.

No, he wasn’t mistaken. No, he didn’t simply interpret something in the best possible light.

He lied.

During last night’s VP debate, Biden said:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

And thankfully Paul Ryan called him on it.

“Now, I’ve got to take issue with [what Biden said about] the Catholic church and religious liberty. [BIDEN INTERRUPTS AGAIN.] why would they keep — why would they keep suing you? It’s a distinction without a difference.”

And today, the U.S. Bishops have issued a statement about Biden’s “inaccurate statement of fact.” Which is about as close as the Bishops will ever come to saying: “Dude, you’re a lying liar.”

Responding to Biden’s claim that ended with him saying “This is a fact” not once, but twice, the USCCB responded:

“This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’ That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,’ or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

“HHS has proposed an additional ‘accommodation’ for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as ‘non-exempt.’ That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation ‘to pay for contraception’ and ‘to be a vehicle to get contraception.’ They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

“USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.”

With the fate of Catholic schools, hospitals and soup kitchens on the line, it’s great to see a continued strong defense of religious freedom from our bishops.

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87 thoughts on “The U.S. Bishops to Biden: “This is not a fact.”

  1. cazie says:

    If you are a Christian, you cannot agree with abortion.Thou Shalt not kill. These views are what the Bible talks about in ‘end times’ when there will be those perverting the word, and others who will not longer be able to hear the Truth.

  2. That is not lying. Medical care is between the patient and the doctor, employers who offer insurance coverage shouldn’t have a say in the benefits the insurance company covers or not, and these are not catholic run insurance companies. Maybe the Church should start an insurance company and then Catholic employers can offer insurance only through that and there will be no conflict.

    1. Joni Johnson says:

      If you look into it more thoroughly, you will see that this mandate forces ALL employers to provide this insurance. How would you feel if you owned a small business and had to provide insurance for someone to have some procedure you considered morally wrong? It is YOUR money paying for this, not the government’s money, the insurer’s money, etc.

      At this point, companies can choose insurers that hold the same beliefs they do. And the majority of the time, the individuals those companies hire know how the company stands, and what types of insurance they cover.

      Even if this weren’t a moral issue, it would still be wrong. They are not only forcing entities to cover things to which they are opposed. They are also forcing insurance companies to provide insurance for things to which they are opposed.

      1. Joni Johnson says:

        And please don’t misunderstand. I don’t believe abortion is a procedure. It is murder. Birth control pills are proven carcinogens. I don’t pay for other people’s cigarettes, either.

      2. Rich says:

        Joni it is not your money paying for it.
        1) if you were paying it would be the company’s money.
        2) the insurance companies are paying without regard to the policy or the plan. It is considered an overall cost saving as birth control will cost less than other procedures including abortions.
        Since Romney and Ryan will not be doing anything to limit abortions, maybe it can be OK to have less of them through the mandate.

  3. authora says:

    Biden may enter a Catholic Church, but just because you’re there, doesn’t make you one! No true Catholic endorses any kind of abortion, etc. Joe, sign on for being in a hot air balloon hanger; with all that hot air, something’s likely to launch!

  4. jcsmitty says:

    I wish the bishops would contact Fox News and other non-Obama-media outlets to set the record straight and to get some of their more articulate members on shows like O’Reilly and Hannity! Why aren’t they doing this? Don’t they have any PR people who know anything?

  5. With regards to abortion, Joe Biden stated, while he personally believes abortion to be wrong, he doesn’t want to force his beliefs on others. By believing in the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that employers provide insurance which pays for abortifacients and sterilization, is he not forcing those beliefs on Catholics with a moral conviction against such mandates?

  6. Joni Burley says:

    This is no longer seperation of church and state. This is a first ammendment issue. We need to be louder, we need to be stronger. Today it is our church, tomorrow can be any Christian Church in America. Lets get going Catholics!!!! Loud, strong, proud!!!

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