Miami Archbishop Wenski: Obamacare "Running Roughshod Over Religious Freedom"
Thomas Wenski has been one of Obama's fiercest critics of late
Illustration by Jesse Lenz
As we wrote back in 2010, Wenski is a hard-charging, hog-driving polyglot priest. At times he sounds like a Tea Partier: he listens to Rush Limbaugh and thinks that a godless malaise is eroding away at American values.
Wenski says that he's not opposed to healthcare reform. In fact, he says that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been in favor of the idea for over 40 years. But, he is bitterly opposed to the law as currently written.
"We think that the mandate is unjust, we think it violates that the constitution, and we will prevail in the Supreme Court," he says.
"Universal care should cover everybody and it shouldn't kill anybody," he says of the contraception requirement.
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Wenski says that he has never spoken to the president -- "Obama hasn't called me. I haven't called him" -- but claims that Catholic input has been ignored.
"Obviously the administration has a deaf ear to our concerns," he says. "Obama had allies in the church, instead of using them he's decided to alienate us and pick a fight."
Wenski will throw a few punches of his own today outside the federal courthouse downtown during a the rally, which starts at 11:30 a.m. Similar rallies are taking place across the country.
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