The spokesman for a Catholic pro-life group predicts that unless
the courts intervene, civil disobedience -- and maybe even prison
time -- could result in the clash between the Obama administration
and the church over religious freedom.
Thus far, 40 Christian organizations and businesses have filed
suit to block the HHS mandate requiring free insurance coverage of
contraception, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilization. Frank
Pavone of Priests for Life, a Catholic pro-life group,
tells OneNewsNow that the church is on a collision course with the
administration, which has refused to provide a broad religious
exemption that would protect the rights of people of faith who
oppose such practices on religious grounds.
The churches, says Pavone, are not going to back down.
"They're not going to change their
teaching -- and apparently the administration, as arrogant as it
is, isn't going to change either," he adds. "So what does that
mean? It certainly means a conflict; it means a clash; it means
perhaps civil disobedience and prison for some people."
But Pavone says it also could mean "a big stain on the integrity
of the administration."
The next election cycle is two years away, and Pavone is
convinced pro-life groups will have to work harder to educate the
public on the administration's attack on religious freedom.
"We know that the people that we do reach do understand the
issues," he tells OneNewsNow. "The issues themselves are persuasive
-- life and marriage and freedom -- but we've got to do a better
job of targeting, of marketing, and frankly we need a lot more
support from the grassroots people.
"If people believe in this kind of work that conservative groups
are doing, they've got to get behind it with their time and also
with their resources."
On Friday, the American Freedom Law Center -- on behalf of
Priests for Life -- filed a motion in a joint federal lawsuit
requesting an immediate halt to enforcement of the HHS mandate.
AFLC describes the mandate as "a direct attack on religious
freedom" that conflicts with their client's deeply held religious