House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a Roman Catholic, refused to say whether she supported her church’s teaching that contraception is immoral.
“I do my religion on Sundays, in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference,” Pelosi said curtly as a reporter asked about her view of the church position on contraception.
Pelosi brushed off the organizations and church dioceses that filed suing the Obama administration over the contraception mandate. “I don’t think that’s the entire Catholic Church,” she said. “Those people have a right to sue, but I dont think they’re speaking ex cathedra for the Catholic Church.”
In February, Pelosi accused the bishops of falsely using religious liberty arguments to impose their ideology on the country. “It wasn’t about church and state, it was about an ideological point of view that flies in the face, again, of the respect that we need to have to have for women, the God-given free will that we have to have responsibility for the role that women’s health plays in the lives of their families and in our country, and the strength of women,” she said.
Personally, I believe focusing too much on the mandate is a bad idea; however, the bishops pushing the lawsuit have an argument. With that said, Pelosi’s comments are a bit ironic. Why? Because she has had no problem in the past imposing her religious views in matters of public policy.
In 2010, Pelosi asked religious leaders to urge their congregations to support ObamaCare and immigration reform. She also invoked the name of St. Joseph the Worker during a press conference, claiming that the so-called “health care reform” law benefit American workers. Pelosi also said during the Catholic Community Conference in 2010, that “we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word.” By “the Word,” Pelosi means “the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
So, it’s perfectly fine for Pelosi to pursue public policy that “would be in keeping with the values of the Word;” but’s not OK for these Catholic bishops to essentially the same thing? That’s grossly hypocritical, but unsurprising coming from Pelosi.
I’ve got a great idea, how about politicians stop trying pander to certain audiences and legislate according to the Constitution and leave religion — or a lack thereof, if people so choose — in our private lives?