Swamp Creatures vs. Nuns


Yesterday, President Trump spoke at rallies in several states, including Ohio. At the Ohio rally, three young nuns, all wearing habits, were standing in the area behind the President. Given their placement behind Trump and their distinctive dress, they could not be missed.

The sight proved more than at least one denizen of the Beltway could bear. Peter Vroom, a former Republican congressional staffer, current Beltway consultant, and part of the Swamp’s resistance to Trump, took to Twitter to publish pictures of the nuns and identify the location of their convent, while unctuously pointing out that he wasn’t including their names. The effect, of course, was the same: anyone angered by these nuns’ attendance at the Trump rally now knew who they were and how to reach them.

In giving vent to his malice, Vroom was simply following the lead of his new party. One of the many groups to have benefited from the Trump Administration has been the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have opposed the Obama Administration’s requirement that employers pay for employee access to contraception, including abortifacients. The Trump Administration granted religious employers, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, an exemption from this requirement. And the Sisters have successfully defended this exemption in court, winning a Supreme Court victory against three Democratic state attorneys general who sued the nuns in an effort to require them to pay for drugs that could be used to kill an unborn child shortly after fertilization. Democratic nominee and self-professed Catholic Joe Biden agrees that nuns should be forced to pay for abortions, and has vowed to rescind the Trump Administration’s exemption for religious employers.

But, then again, Biden wants all of us to pay for abortion. He has vowed to end the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer funds from paying for abortions since the 1970s. The Hyde Amendment used to be regarded as a sensible compromise: Americans who regard abortion as the equivalent of murder weren’t being coerced to subsidize it and Americans who didn’t share that conviction remained free to procure abortions. Indeed, Biden regularly voted to renew the Hyde Amendment when he was in Congress.

Today, though, Biden and the party he leads believe no unborn child should ever be given legal protection from abortion and no American should ever be excused from paying for abortion. Biden even bragged to the New York Times‘ editorial board that, by helping to block Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, he had secured the right to abortion for a generation. A strange boast for a man who says he’s Catholic to make, since the Catholic Church teaches unequivocally “that abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. . . .No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”

So profound is the Democrats’ commitment to abortion that Biden has refused to rule out packing the Supreme Court, if that is what it takes to prevent Roe v. Wade from being overturned.

Those young nuns no doubt knew all this. They also had the good sense to know that a principled and unwavering commitment to guaranteeing legal protection and financial support to the mass killing of unborn children is a far graver matter than a politician’s coarse demeanor, much less his unwillingness to endorse the Swamp Creatures’ elevated view of themselves and avaricious sense of entitlement. May Christ bless those brave followers of His, and may He hear their many prayers on behalf of innocent unborn children.

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Tom Piatak

Tom Piatak writes from Cleveland, Ohio.

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