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The left seems to think safe and legal abortion — forget about the rare part — is a slam-dunk with American voters.
If that’s true, though, why is the White House so afraid of it?
Perhaps part of the answer lies in the fact “devout Catholic” President Joe Biden, the second individual in communion with Rome to inhabit the Oval Office, may also be the first to be denied Communion thanks to a measure passed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We’ll get to that in a bit, but perhaps it’s also because muss-free, fuss-free baby murder isn’t as uncontroversial with voters as one may think.
Those looking for evidence to support either theory could find it in Monday’s White House news conference.
In one viral clip, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question asked by a reporter regarding abortion.
“Does the president believe that a 15-week-old, unborn baby is a human being?” a reporter asked.
“Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose? He does,” Psaki responded.
Psaki completely dodges answering whether Biden believes “that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being.”
Psaki: “Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose? He does.” pic.twitter.com/6uxStoXlJ1
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) June 21, 2021
Notice there was no talk of whether “a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being.” It’s simply a matter of whether or not “the president supports a woman’s right to choose.” Psaki eliminated the words about a baby — or even a fetus — from the conversation and simply made it about a choice, not a child.
There’s context here, keep in mind, and it involves the most serious challenge to untrammeled abortion rights since Roe v. Wade was decided.
In May, the Supreme Court agreed to take up Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The ban was most recently invalidated by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Associated Press.
“States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman’s right, but they may not ban abortions. The law at issue is a ban,” Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote in his ruling, affirming a lower-court decision.
The Supreme Court’s choice to take the case — particularly with a 6-3 conservative majority — has rattled the left.
“The court cannot uphold this law without overturning the principal protections of Roe v. Wade,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the pro-abortion group Center for Reproductive Rights, told reporters during a call.
The Biden White House knows where it has to come down on this, of course. If it’s as popular of an opinion as liberals have claimed it is, this should be no problem. The evasive language Psaki used should tell you exactly how confident they are that voters will back them in this fight.
There’s also another reason the White House might not want to make their defense of abortion so prominent, particularly as it relates to the “devout Catholic” in the Oval Office.
Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops passed a measure to draft a document about Communion, specifically including guidance for high-profile politicians who back positions that run contrary to Church teaching — particularly as it relates to abortion — and whether they could be denied Communion.
The vote wasn’t particularly close (168 out of 229 bishops, or 73 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal) and, more critically, it’s clear what politician had done the most to prompt the potential change.
“What’s motivating us as bishops, as teachers, is the Eucharist,” Arlington, Virginia, Bishop Michael Burbidge said, according to the Daily Caller. “Cited throughout our discussions today were the grave concerns about the lack of belief in the real presence, the lack of people going to church, how we are going to get people back to church and that love for the Eucharist.”
Biden was able to get quite a bit of mileage out of the “devout Catholic” label during his campaign and, one suspects, rattling the cage of Mother Church at the moment may not be advisable.
On the other hand, the president also needs a reason for being unabashedly in favor of abortion — including the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits tax dollars from being used to fund elective abortion.
Psaki’s escape hatch this time: Biden’s “faith is personal.”
When asked about the US Catholic Bishops’ document “to clarify who should receive Communion,” Jen Psaki says “The President’s faith is personal…I would suspect he will continue to attend church…” pic.twitter.com/XVHkH6Nct6
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 21, 2021
“Well, Joe Biden is a strong man of faith,” Psaki said when asked about the USCCB vote. “And as he noted just a couple of days ago, it’s personal. He goes to church, as you know, nearly every weekend. He even went when we were on our overseas trip. But it’s personal to him. He doesn’t see it through a political prism and we’re not going to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church.”
“Will statements by the bishops make the president reconsider his public support for policies that, you know, increase access to abortion or allow access to abortion?” the reporter pressed.
“Again, the president’s faith is personal,” Psaki continued. “It’s something that has helped guide him through some challenging moments in his life. And that’s how many Americans see their faith as well, not through a political prism. So I would suspect he will continue to attend church, as he has for many, many years.”
Just in case you didn’t get the message: The president’s faith is personal. We reiterate, the White House has confirmed the president’s faith is indeed personal. Further bulletins as events warrant. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
The Bible isn’t an inherently political document, but it’s also not a work to be taken at a merely “personal” level that helps “guide [you] through some challenging moments in [your] life.” That could just as well be “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” or “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
The Bible is the word of God, and that word is awfully straightforward regarding the sanctity and value of human life. If this bedrock fact somehow bypasses the Catholic believer, they have the additional failsafe of a church hierarchy that has been consistent and unambiguous on this matter.
Thus, if neither Biden nor his staff can come out and personally avouch he believes a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being — even if they want to couch his support for the legality of abortion in constitutional protections — there’s no number of overseas parishes he could visit to convince Catholics this “strong man of faith” has a deeply “personal” belief in God that just doesn’t happen to pass through “a political prism.”
But then, if this is so popular, why manipulate the language? Why even bother convincing Americans Biden is a “devout Catholic” or “a strong man of faith,” both images the White House seems desperate to cultivate?
It’s almost like they know something about the tenability of their position that they’re not willing to let on — such as that, if the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, Americans might not mind as much as the Democratic Party likes to pretend they would.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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Leftist Democrats in Washington, D.C., are once again blatantly attacking religion.
As some members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have pushed for President Joe Biden to be denied communion due to his support of legalizing abortion and making it more readily available, several politicians are threatening the church with retribution.
California Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman tweeted Friday that if the USCCB decided to “politically weaponize religion,” then “a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order.”
If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by “rebuking” Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a “rebuke” of their tax-exempt status may be in order. https://t.co/P6TGVCOMYp
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 18, 2021
Yes, you read that right.
Thankfully, the First Amendment and its legacy both protect religions from the sort of “rebuke” Huffman alluded to. According to the Freedom Forum Institute, churches receive special exemptions from the Internal Revenue Service as part of a “First Amendment-based concern” to avoid violating their rights to free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
Churches are designated as charitable organizations under the law, generally giving them tax-exempt status. As churches largely exist to care for the people in their communities and often do engage in extensive charity and outreach — hosting food drives, caring for the homeless, raising money for the needy and some even providing free medical services, among countless other ministries — it makes sense that they are usually exempt from paying taxes on the money they incur.
It’s also not as though this stance from the Catholic Church is anything new.
Catechism 2272 of the Catholic Church says, “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.” The church, by its governing documents, is certainly permitted to deny Biden communion, and under established tax laws, it seems the United States government shouldn’t be able to interfere.
Nevertheless, Huffman and politicians like him are pushing for action.
And he’s not alone. Many Twitter users voiced their agreement with Huffman, with one replying, “It is long past time for them to stop receiving tax exempt status.”
It is long past time for them to stop receiving tax exempt status.
— Waiting for you Anpanman (@guinea_wrangler) June 18, 2021
Another user asked Huffman to “please push the IRS” toward action.
Please push the IRS in that direction. I’m tired of them getting all the benefits without paying into the system like anybody else.
— Matt Knowles (@955_36) June 18, 2021
This amount of support for such an authoritarian course of action in the United States is not only surprising but frightening, especially considering the sheer number of Americans who rely on the Catholic Church for basic necessities.
According to Commonweal Magazine, Catholic Charities USA operates more than 2,600 service locations throughout the U.S. and served over 12 million people in need in 2019 alone. Forbes also listed CCUSA as America’s ninth-largest charity in 2016.
Taking away tax-exempt status from a behemoth of a charity like this would have nothing short of a traumatic impact on the millions CCUSA serves, and yet politicians like Huffman are still advocating for it.
At the very least, this recent push demonstrates the lack of concern Democrats have not only for the Constitution and its implements, but also for the lives and wellbeing of their constituents. Millions of Americans rely on Catholic Charities for food and shelter, yet congressmen and women like Huffman are all too willing to cut them off for nothing more than misguided virtue.
Thankfully, the First Amendment has thus far protected religion from such reckless measures. The Constitution has held strong thus far — let’s hope it will continue to do so.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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Employees and customers at an Ikea in Atlanta, Georgia, were outraged at what they said was a racist menu that was meant to honor African Americans for the Juneteenth holiday.
The menu included watermelon, fried chicken, collared greens, and candied yams.
Many employees were so outraged at the menu that they decided to stay home instead of go to work.
An email from the manager of the store apologized and explained how the menu was chosen.
“It has come to our attention that the menu published for Juneteenth was not taken in the best light. I truly apologize if the menu came off as subjective,” read the statement.
“It was created with the best of intentions by a few of our coworkers who believed they were representing their culture and tradition with these foods of celebration,” the manager added.
Employees of the store spoke anonymously with WGCL-TV in order to avoid repercussions from their criticism.
“You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time,” said one employee.
“It caused a lot of people to be upset. People actually wanted to quit, people weren’t coming back to work,” said another employee.
The manager told employees that they would change the menu, but that outraged many as well.
“They just delayed the menu by a day. Thinking that everyone who was upset by the Juneteenth menu stayed home on Juneteenth and wouldn’t notice, which just added insult to injury,” said an employee.
Some Ikea customers interviewed by WGCL were also angered by the menu.
“I’m just frankly disappointed in the learning process,” said one customer, “you shouldn’t learn after you have insulted all of your black employees.”
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when the last slaves in the U.S. were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, and has been celebrated since then. President Joe Biden signed a bill making the day a national holiday on Thursday, leading some to accuse Democrats of politicizing the tradition.
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Former President Donald Trump is no stranger to boldness and tenacity.
The qualities that led him to the Oval Office still show in his character months after he returned to a still-less-than-normal civilian life and as he continues to ponder the 2020 election that cost him the White House.
Trump said he isn’t ready to surrender his adamant claim that he was the true winner of the 2020 presidential election — but, after all these months, should he be?
In an interview Monday with David Brody of Just the News’ “Water Cooler” on Real America’s Voice, the former president reiterated that he has “not conceded the 2020 presidential race,” saying that “if the election was determined to be a fraud,” it will be up to the American people and “perhaps politicians” to decide how to respond.
Trump also took another jab at former Vice President Mike Pence, saying that “we might very well have a different president right now” if he had chosen to send the highly contested election results back to the state legislatures for review in January.
“I’m very disappointed that he didn’t send it back to the legislatures. … Look at Pennsylvania now. Look at Georgia and look at Arizona and look at others — they’re all now looking at what happened during that election,” he said.
As the November election results in some battleground states are still being contested more than seven months later, Trump’s grievances haven’t lost any traction.
Just last week, Michigan advocates for voting integrity took more than 7,000 signed affidavits alleging voter fraud to state officials.
Meanwhile, Arizona is working to wrap up its election audit.
But what if these findings — or any others — show that a blue state should have been red?
Trump addressed the question himself.
“If the election was fraudulent, people are gonna have to make up their own minds,” the former president said during his phone interview with Brody.
“It’s not gonna be up to me. It’s gonna be up to the public. It’s gonna be up to, perhaps, politicians. I don’t think there’s ever been a case like this where hundreds of thousands of votes will be found. So we’ll have to see what happens,” he said.
Trump transitioned from his refusal to concede the 2020 race to the possibility of his running for the White House again in 2024.
“We’ll make that decision and I think people will be very happy with the decision I make,” he said succinctly.
Could this be yet another indication that Trump intends to reclaim what he believes was stolen from him in November?
We can say a lot for his refusal to back down from his allegations about the presidential election’s legitimacy (or lack thereof).
The leftist media may characterize the former president as a sore loser who rightfully lost his power, but many of those on the right see something entirely different — a leader who understands the difference between being a “sore loser” and contesting what was unjustly taken.
Not many events seize the entire nation’s attention so much as presidential elections, so we can’t trivialize the complaints Trump — and his supporters — have in challenging the legitimacy of an election performed in an atypical fashion to accommodate COVID-19.
While many of us believe the election likely was stolen, the real task is getting officials to scrutinize the results so we can learn the truth.
Maybe after months of trying, something will eventually change.
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