A spokesman for Priests for Life suggests a new poll included
questions framed to show Catholics support ObamaCare's HHS
birth-control mandate, which many Roman Catholic leaders have
pointed out is in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.
The poll suggests Americans in general, and Catholics
specifically, are not concerned about the government forcing
employers and religious institutions to provide free insurance
coverage of contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization
through ObamaCare. The study was commissioned by the American Civil
Liberties Union and Catholics for Choice, the latter being a group
that may have some Catholic members but critics argue battles
against the faith.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life tells OneNewsNow the study is
a classic example of how a survey can obtain the results desired by
framing questions a certain way.
"For example, one of these questions
asks: Should we use religious beliefs to decide to offer
services to some and not to others?," he explains. "Now what
do you think of when you hear that question? You think
Discrimination ... I'm going to offer services to some people
and not to others? Of course most Americans oppose
What the survey did not examine is whether people favor the
government intruding on one's constitutionally protected religious
freedom. Pavone says other pollsters did include that question.
"If you ask people: Do you think that religious freedom in
America should be protected? -- as a Marist poll released this
past spring says -- three in four Americans say yes," notes Pavone.
"That showed a 74-percent to 26-percent response in favor of
protecting religious freedom."
The ministry spokesman adds people should understand that the
group Catholics for Choice uses the tactic of dividing the faithful
-- and dividing the faithful from their bishops.
The list of pastors willing to challenge the Internal Revenue
Service's rules for maintaining tax-exempt status is growing in
advance of Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend.