Republican Newt Gingrich continued his attack on the Obama Administration today for its assault on religion.
“He’s declared war on the Catholic Church.”
Gingrich appeared on Meet the Press this morning:
Newt Gingrich upped his attacks against President Obama today over his administration’s requirement that some religious hospitals offer co-pay-free birth control under the new health care law. Gingrich’s comments come after a week of outrage from the Catholic Church and his fellow GOP presidential candidates over the policy.
This is a tremendous infringement of religious liberty,” Newt Gingrich said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Every time you turn around the secular government is shrinking the rights of religious institutions in America.”
While the policy was proposed in August, the issue resurfaced last week after Catholic churches across America read letters from the church’s leadership last Sunday condemning the administration’s policy. The letters came in response to a Jan. 20 announcement that Catholic hospitals where the majority of employees are not Catholic will be required under the new law to provide free contraception.
“The fact is what you’re saying is there cannot be a genuine Catholic hospital,” said Gingrich, who converted to Catholicism in 2009. “It will have to be subordinated to a secular government.”
Gingrich, also appearing today on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” added that the policy proved that the Obama administration was at “war” with the Catholic church and launching “the most outrageous assault on religious freedom in American history.”