On February 4, after Newt Gingrich lost the Nevada Primary, there was a very small group of reporters asking questions. One of the questions was related to the Obama administration’s HHS mandate requiring Catholic institutions (including hospitals and charities) to begin providing health insurance that included contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients. Newt Gingrich’s response to Obama’s mandate was essentially one of rage; how dare Obama attack the Catholic church and flagrantly quash the freedom of religion. Gingrich went on to predict that the Catholic church would rise up and repudiate the HHS mandate as an attack on one of our most basic freedoms. As I wrote in a previous article, Gingrich’s prediction did not occur in a matter of weeks or months, but days. On February 4, when Gingrich had given the press conference, there was a widespread but largely unspoken anger within the Catholic church and in America in general. By February 8, Catholic leaders, joined by other Christian groups, were calling for civil disobedience against the mandate with some stating they would gladly go to jail before complying.
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