The Silence Of Bill And Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton SC The Silence Of Bill And Hillary Clinton

Editor’s note: A different version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Few presidents so love the spotlight. The occasion for Clinton, however, was not himself, but the reelection of Barack Obama.

To that end, Clinton’s stumping for Obama presents some interesting contrasts, as the press has noted. Quite unnoticed, however, is a particularly compelling contrast relating to religious freedom—an area where Barack Obama has been a foe, most notably via his terribly intolerant Health and Human Services mandate, and where Bill Clinton has been woefully silent.

For Bill Clinton—and for his wife, Hillary Clinton—that silence is conspicuous. Indeed, it may surprise readers to learn this, but both Clintons have been vigorous defenders of religious freedom. First consider Bill Clinton:

As Clinton stated in his memoirs: “I always felt that protecting religious liberty and making the White House accessible to all religious faiths was an important part of my job.” As president, Clinton practiced what he preached. He championed (among others) the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (passed 97-3 by the Senate) and the 1997 Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace. As to the former, Clinton signed it “to protect a reasonable range of religious expression in public areas like schools and workplaces.”

Pointing to these actions and more, my colleague, Dr. Gary Smith, who has studied Bill Clinton’s faith, has rightly described the former president as a “strong advocate” of “religious freedom at home and abroad.”

That’s fair to say. It is likewise true for Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton long supported her husband’s 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, especially its promotion of religious freedom in public schools. In her book, “It Takes a Village,” Mrs. Clinton sounded like a conservative when emphasizing the importance of religion in schools. Quoting her husband, she noted that “nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religion-free zones, or requires all religious expression to be left behind at the schoolhouse door.” She cited these words from her husband: “[R]eligion is too important in our history and our heritage for us to keep it out of our schools.”

Once capable of making law herself, as an elected senator from New York, Mrs. Clinton championed an initiative promoting religious freedom in the workplace. Specifically, in April 2005, Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, joining forces (remarkably) with no less than Senator Rick Santorum, her polar opposite. The law guaranteed the right to religious expression on the job without fear of recrimination. This meant, for example, that an Orthodox Jew who honors the Sabbath cannot be forced to work on the Sabbath against his or her will, or that a Christian can wear a crucifix, or that a Sikh can don a turban. Backers of the bill included a broad coalition of 40 clerics representing nearly every denomination.

The bill, which any reasonable person would support, had opponents among Senator Clinton’s staunchest allies. Predictably, Planned Parenthood and the National Women’s Law Center foresaw calamitous instances of “anti-choice” injustice, such as a situation where a pro-life nurse might request to not provide the “morning-after” pill to a rape victim, or a Catholic pharmacist might as a matter of conscience refuse to dispense birth control. For these “pro-choice” feminists, religious freedom could not be permitted to trump their preeminent freedom: their sacred right to an abortion.

It was this narrow opposition from radical feminists that might have explained why, as the Village Voice put it, “[Mrs.] Clinton’s office has been notably quiet about her involvement” in the bill.

That was then. Today, Mrs. Clinton serves in the Obama administration—though at the State Department, not the Department of Health and Human Services. And today, Mrs. Clinton, like her husband, is silent on the Obama HHS mandate.

Indeed, that begs the question: Where are the Clintons now, as the current head of their party, President Obama, continues to stubbornly enforce his HHS mandate requiring all Americans of every religious belief and denomination to forcibly fund abortion drugs? Have these fighters for religious freedom said anything at all to the president? Have they voiced even a slight objection? To the contrary, in his glowing endorsement of Obama at the Democratic convention, Bill Clinton gushed about Obamacare, with no mention of the HHS mandate.

For that matter, where are the Clintons on Barack Obama’s unprecedented presidential attempt to redefine marriage, which President Bill Clinton once preserved as between a man and a woman when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996?

Or, in the end, are Bill and Hillary Clinton merely two more blindly loyal liberals and partisan Democrats who unquestioningly follow their party’s leader?

Some things are more important than your political party.

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Comments

  1. WHAT OBAMA STANDS FOR:
    ABORTION IS NOT JUST ABORTION——— It used to be a woman could get an ABORTION within the
    first three months AKA FIRST TRIMESTER. The BABY is NOT developed—just cells forming, but still a BABY. A D & C (DILATATION & CURETAGE) like a suction machine. It just suck up the BABY.
    OBAMA is for PARTIA BIRTH ABORTION AKA INFANTICIDE
    4 – 9 months — when the baby is too big for the SUCTION MACHINE, the ABORTER pulls the BABY to the cervix and while still inside he pushes a ROD INTO THE BASE OF THE BRAIN, then pulls the BABY
    out. Many times this kills the baby, many times it doesnt. When this happens the BABY is placed on a
    table without water, without touch, without treatment and left to die, sometimes it takes up to 36 hrs for the BABY to die, suffering till death.
    But dont worry, Obama put a law in place something called EASE OF CONSCIOUS, SO you dont feel GULILTY FOR KILLING A BABY.
    WE ARE WORSE OFF THEN FOUR YRS AGO
    VOTE ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 STOP THE MADNESS IN WASHINGTON

  2. molly & me says:

    Maybe bill & hillary clinton fear for their & their families safety.

    • bobwhite5 says:

      You are right on with fear for their safety. I think a lot of other people are fearful of the Chicago backed potus barack hussein obama. I think a lot of Republicans in the congress are fearful for their & their safety too.

  3. Bill Clinton SAID a lot of things which made him sound like a religious protector and a centrist. What he did should be all that counts however and what he did did not comport with these comforting homilies.

  4. Bill Clinton has personal problems with the man, Barack Obama. These personal problems do not enter into the fact that their political beliefs are the same. Those of you who believe Bill Clinton is not an integral part of the uber-left and even one of the designers for the take over of America, simply have your head in the sand. Obama has done everything in his first term that Clinton intended to do in his first term. His misunderstanding of the American public proved to be more than he reckoned for and he failed on the Healthcare issue.

  5. He also failed on the issue of "spreading the wealth" only because of his repudiation by Congress. He did try, including his push for an initial $19.6 billion for his personal slush fund – denyed him by Congress, to have the taxpayer pay for everyone's housing. When he failed in going through Congress, he went around the system and made deals, backed by threats, with every activist and moneyed organization in the country. He essentially socialized banking. He is totally responsible for the world wide financial collapse. His Party backed the plan up subsequently in Congress. There is no reason to venerate Bill Clinton. He has caused immeasureable damage to the United States of America and he did it through subversion.

  6. Edwardkoziol says:

    Slick Willy Clinton has to be silent he is the biggest whoremaster going and I'm willing to bet he had Sandra "MONICA" Fluke in the sack when he rehearsed his speech in the hotel room.Any guy who would hit on his best friends wife is really sad.Yet all these women organization like HAGS and BAGS could care les about the women.Hill doesn't care because she got Huma.

  7. Has anyone considered the possibility that Bill Clinton's speech was setting the stage for Hillary in 2012, not 2016? Consider the fact that Obama is actually not eligible to hols the office for many reasons but at a minimum, the posted long form birth certificate is a fraudulent document regardless of where hie was born.

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