The Catholic church knows all about the New Tolerance. They have this crazy idea that Catholic institutions should practice, you know, Catholicism. They also believe — I know it sounds nuts — that the government shouldn’t be able to force them to violate their own faith. Like Buddhists being forced to serve meat, they think being forced to hand out birth control or abortifacients offends their religious freedom.
Now Catholic hospitals and charities aren’t asking Team Obama to endorse these religious views. They’re merely asking liberals to tolerate them. The left’s answer?
To paraphrase Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “Hell, no!”
The Obama administration instead declared any deviancy from liberal orthodoxy on “women’s health” issues intolerable. When Obamacare says everyone has to get in the “morning after pill” business, they mean everyone.
At the moment, New Tolerance is running into old-fashioned swing-state politics, and the White House may back down. But that’s just politics. The intolerance of the Obama left remains: Conform or be crushed.
Ask the poor ladies at the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Why was a group whose sole purpose is fighting breast cancer ever giving money to America’s largest abortion provider?
But with the left — like with organized crime — once you’re in, you can never get out. When the Komen Foundation announced an end to future Planned Parenthood funding, they were immediately attacked.