Obama Admin Defies SCOTUS, New HHS Mandates are a Distinction Without a Difference


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New HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, late of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s population control efforts, has again “revised” Obamacare’s anti-Catholic abortifascient and and birth control mandate. But her new regulations still firmly place the burden of providing life-destroying drugs and procedures on the employer.

Meet the new form, it’s functionally equivalent to the old form.

The new arrangement as a more complicated accounting gimmick, no different in effect than its predecessors.

Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said the amendment “is simply another clerical layer because the employer still remains the legal gateway by which these drugs and services will be provided to their employees. It’s very disappointing that the Obama administration is doubling down on its plans to punish charities and non-profits that assist the poor and homeless, who in some cases have nowhere else to turn for assistance.”

Although the Obama administration is still seeking comments for its final implementation of the new rule, the nation’s religious leaders concur that the latest change still fails to observe all Americans’ First Amendment freedom of religion.

“On initial review of the government’s summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the ‘religious employer’ exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said on Friday. “Instead, the regulations would only modify the ‘accommodation,’ under which the mandate still applies and still requires provision of the objectionable coverage.”

“Also, by proposing to extend the ‘accommodation’ to the closely held for-profit employers that were wholly exempted by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the proposed regulations would effectively reduce, rather than expand, the scope of religious freedom,” he added.

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Who gets the “opt-out” form is irrelevant. Forcing a religious organization to ask for the objectionable coverage is the real problem. Morally, Catholics cannot participate in any aspect of provisioning life-destroying drugs and procedures.

Instead of working with the USCCB, the Obama administration went back to the Kermit Gosnell Fan Club at Planned Parenthood for input on their “revised” mandate rules. And of course they baked in onerous penalties for anyone who follows his faith.

“Effective immediately, this latest rule still orders charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor, non-profit Christian colleges like Wheaton College, and religious broadcasters like EWTN to violate their consciences simply because they legally contract for health coverage,” Grossu continued. “The government uses their contract as the basis to force their insurers to provide their employees with free contraception and drugs that can kill human embryos, against their sincere conscientious beliefs.”

“If these charities and non-profits follow their conscience and decline to participate in the meaningless accounting gimmick, the administration will make them pay huge penalties accruable on a daily basis — one hundred dollars per employee per day,” she said.

“Additionally, the government is also soliciting comment on new ways to force family businesses to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions due to the HHS mandate in an attempt to address and skirt the recent Supreme Court ruling. However, the government’s actions here still force family businesses to be complicit in what they view as morally wrong,” Grossu added.

Obama and his henchmen are being purposefully obtuse, thumbing their noses at the Supreme Court, and at religious Americans too. They are beholden to a cabal of radical feminists hell-bent on overthrowing all vestiges of traditional morality. They only respect the Progressive hegemony of the State, and all other forms of authority must be eradicated lest they instill doubt in the minds of the citizenry.

So everyone has to conform, or the invalidity of the State’s coercion will become all too apparent.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court has already told HHS they can’t do this. Alas, the price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.


Liberal Logic Vs Hobby Lobby, Chick-Fil-A, The Tea party, and Hamas


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Liberal Logic is the place you ought to be visiting.  Here is an example how liberals view Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, the Tea Party, and Hamas…

I guess that liberals would like Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, and the Tea Party if they promised to kill all the Jews too?


Supposedly Pro-Life Senator Votes to overtun Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

Barack Obama has Joe Manchin's ear, it would seem.
Barack Obama has Joe Manchin’s ear, it would seem.

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

“Pro-life” Senator Votes To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

In 2010, Joe Manchin (D-WV) was elected to the United States Senate. Like all politicians, he promised a lot. Here is an ad he ran for that election cycle.

“I’ll take on Washington, and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets. I’ll cut federal spending and I’ll repeal the bad parts of ObamaCare.” – Joe Manchin, 2010.

Well evidently not the part where Hobby Lobby is concerned because he voted to overturn the recent Supreme Court ruling that allowed businesses to not be forced to offer or pay for abortifacients as birth control.

So it looks like Senator Manchin is just another far leftist pretending to be a “blue dog Democrat,” who gets his marching orders from some low level flunky in the White House.

Via Townhall

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) has some explaining to do. Although the senator has proclaimed to be pro-life, his recent support of a Democratic bill to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, suggests otherwise. This failed legislation would have reversed a decision that protects the Christian company’s religious freedom and avoid providing employees abortion-inducing drugs.

Manchin explained his support for the bill as such:

“Today, I voted in support of overturning the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that ruled for-profit companies can opt out of providing contraceptives to their employees because of religious beliefs,” Manchin said. “As Governor and U.S. Senator, I have always fought to protect the sincerely-held religious views of non-profit organizations, like soup kitchens, colleges, hospitals and similar non-profit organizations. However, for-profit corporations do not have the same legal privileges as non-profits, and therefore they should not have the same protections as non-profits recognized by law as being a religious organization. This legislation strikes a balance between allowing non-profit organizations to hold onto their religious views while ensuring that Americans have access to safe, affordable and reliable preventative health benefits.”

I don’t understand how someone who considers himself pro-life can add his name to this bill. The drug ella, one of the four contraceptives Hobby Lobby refused to offer employees, can cause the demise of an embryo already implanted in its mother’s womb, according to the Family Research Council. It should not fall under the term “health benefits.” Clearly, the pro-life movement is overwhelmingly on the side of Hobby Lobby, who is simply trying to avoid violating its religious convictions by offering drugs that could cause abortions.

We’re waiting for an explanation, Mr. Manchin.


Lowes Employees Overhaul Vet’s Chair



Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

A feel good story for Sunday.

Via Staten Island Advance

In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.

For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.

On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.

Three employees, David, Marcus and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work.

They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, “We’re going to make this chair like new.”

I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.

I kept thanking them and all they could say was, “It was our honor.”

The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.

They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.


Hillary Clinton equates SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision to Sharia Law



Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Hillary Clinton Sees “Elements” Of Hobby Lobby Ruling In Treatment Of Women In Islamic World…


Does this woman ever think before she speaks?

Via BuzzFeed:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday called the Supreme Court’s ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for insurance coverage for contraception “deeply disturbing.” […]

During her remarks on the topic, Clinton said “this element” is seen in foreign countries where women are deprived of rights. “Among those rights is control over their bodies, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families,” she said. “It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism.”

“Part of the reason I was so adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue is because they’re often the canaries in the mine,” Clinton said. “You watch women and girls being deprived of their rights, some of them never have them, some of them lose them. Among those rights is control over their bodies, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families. It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism. Where women and women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people – men – to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever.”

Keep reading…


No Religious Freedoms for Businesses?


In a recent Op-Ed, Mr. Leonard Pitts, Jr. tried to make the case that violating someone’s 1st Amendment rights is the same as the idea that one’s personal liberty ends where the next person’s begins.

Let me also use a quote to make my point.  “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” A direct quote correctly attributed to President Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Henry L. Pierce, April, 1859. In this letter, he was declining an invitation to speak at an event in Boston, honoring Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Lincoln explained that Jefferson gave us, as a nation, a great gift which was the idea that all men are created equal in the eyes of their Creator. He said that Jefferson, “had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.”
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That is precisely what those who propose that Hobby Lobby and other businesses forgo their 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion due to the onerous regulations of the Affordable Care Act are asking.

Mr. Pitts says that the “crazy part” is that under the ACA, those businesses can just opt out of offering their employees any insurance at all. So in his eyes, and in the eyes of many on the left, it is either kowtow to our wishes or just stop offering health benefits to your workers.

I say the “crazy part” is just what Lincoln said, that “those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,” and this is exactly what the government is asking the Supreme Court to do. Uncle Sam wants the court to take away Hobby Lobby’s freedom of religion, yet what happened to Mr. Pitts’ quote about swinging your fist, but not hitting my nose?

Just saying that “If a Hobby Lobby executive has no interest in contraceptive care, good for her,” is on the face of it a rather crass statement and not germane at all to the discussion. The case before the court has nothing to do with personal preferences. That is why his argument that this creates a slippery slope where some future company can decide, for religious purposes not to hire women or persons of a particular faith, etc… doesn’t fly. The idea that adhering to the Constitution will lead to violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 is a straw man argument, at best.

If I were to obtain a job at the store of a Hasidic gem merchant, should I be upset that there’s no bacon in the cafeteria?

If I am a Mormon and there is tea and coffee in the break room, do I have the right to demand my employer removes them because in my faith, I abstain from those beverages?

Hobby Lobby’various birth control methodss owners believe that life begins at conception and that adhering to the regulations in the ACA violates their religious beliefs or forces them to either pay millions of dollars in fines or stop offering health benefits entirely.

The ironic part of this story is that Hobby Lobby offers SIXTEEN other forms of birth control listed in Obamacare.

While Mr. Pitts is absolutely entitled to his opinion, he damages his credibility when he calls Hobby Lobby’s desire to remain true to their religious tenets, “faintly Talibanesque,” and that allowing them to decline to cover certain contraceptives and abortifacients is “anathema to our ideals of individual liberty and yes, religious freedom.”

Really? So telling a business what they can and cannot do as it relates to their 1st Amendment rights is “faintly Talibanesque,” yet allowing the wishes of a few employees to be forced upon all businesses upholds the ideals of religious freedom?

Let us not forget that the right to swing a fist ending where someone else’s nose begins is a two way street.

To read Mr. Pitts’ article, click here.


Just in Case You Needed a Reminder; The ObamaCare is a TAX!


The Hobby Lobby Care was being heard before the Supreme Court today, and while liberal justices were dismissive of religious rights, as predicted, they also reminded us of another lie told by democrats.

There are no taxes in ObamaCare!

Just like, “if you like your plan,” or, “if you like your doctor,” lies, the no taxes claim will go down as one of the many blatant lies told by democrats in order to gain support for ObamaCare.  Wyblog has the details…

Kagan, Sotomayor to Hobby Lobby: Pay the Obamacare Jizya, you Christofascist women-haters

It’s no surprise that Obamabot Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor would be skeptical of any challenge to Holy Obamacare. But their arrogant dismissal of Hobby Lobby’s religious objections is one for the books.

During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees. “But isn’t there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than — than the cost of health insurance at all?”

Sotomayor said during the presentation by attorney Paul Clement, who represents Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two companies that sued the federal government over the requirement that businesses provide health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.

“Those employers could choose not to give health insurance and pay not that high a penalty — not that high a tax,” Sotomayor said.

Clement said Hobby Lobby would pay more than $500 million per year in penalties, but Kagan disagreed.

“No, I don’t think that that’s the same thing, Mr. Clement,” Kagan said. “There’s one penalty that is if the employer continues to provide health insurance without this part of the coverage, but Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all.”

“And in that case Hobby Lobby would pay $2,000 per employee, which is less that Hobby Lobby probably pays to provide insurance to its employees,” Kagan said. “So there is a choice here. It’s not even a penalty by — in the language of the statute. It’s a payment or a tax. There’s a choice.” (emphasis mine)

Kindly remember that not only did democrats say that there were no taxes for in ObamaCare, they maintained that there were no taxes after the law was passed.



Supreme Court to Hear the Case of Hobby Lobby


Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, and it owners try to run their business based on Christian principals.  However, ObamaCare will force them to fund the “morning after pill.”   They have sued on the basis that this violated their religious beliefs.  The case has now gotten to the level that the Supreme Court is their last resort, and the Court has agreed to hear the case.  Moe Lane has more…

Not unexpected, but not before time, either.

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an Oklahoma City family with strong Christian beliefs, says a 1993 law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, protects the company from the mandate. The company is particularly opposed to paying for coverage that includes the morning after pill.

By ‘particularly opposed’ the paper means ‘will go out of business rather than pay for what it considers to be an abortifacient.’ Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, run by committed pro-life Christians: the owners consider being required to cover the morning-after pill to be an intolerant affront to their religious beliefs – and, for that matter, their First Amendment rights thereof.  The administration’s response is pretty much War on Women, because yelling about War on Women is easier than, I don’t know, paying female staffers the same amount that you pay your male ones. I know that the above sounds cynical, and it is: but then, I’m reporting on the Obama administration, which is more cynical before breakfast than I can be all day.

So, the fate of Hobby Lobby, as well as any business that is owned by Christians, is on the line.  Please pray that the court rules justly, and does not force Christians to fund murder.


Jezebel Writer Provides List of Conservative Companies That are Resisting ObamaCare Birth Control Mandates



You have to love it when the liberals do the leg work for us.  As Mockerena, from Chicks on the Right points out, JM Baker or Jezebel did a lot of research, and created a list of (gasp) “Conservative companies” that are  fighting the ObamaCare mandate to provide birth control.  Mockerena has more…

Katie JM Baker writes for Jezebel.com and I want to offer her my most HEARTFELT THANKS for doing a bunch of work for me that I no longer have to do.  You see, she wrote a blistering column against the “bigoted” companies who are daring to fight Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate.  She advised her readers to “stay far away” from these 18 companies.  So I thought, well, why reinvent the wheel?  Now that she’s grouped the companies  all together so conveniently, I don’t have to look them up, and now you can share these with your networks far and wide, and tell people to VISIT and PATRONIZE THE CRAP out of these fine establishments.  smiley

But before I pluck them right out of her handy dandy article and list them out for you, I wanted to bring to your attention the amazing stupidity that Katie JM Baker displays in her piece. For example, let’s look at her opening line.  She says, “When conservative blowhards argue that women should pay for their own damn contraception, they really mean women should pay for their own sluttish decisions; religious right talking heads never tire of asking why employers should subsidize sinful lifestyles. But here’s the real question: why should women bear the cost of their employers’ noxious moral beliefs?”

Apparently $9 a month  is out of reach of women?  During the Sandra Fluke propaganda campaign, it was pointed out that a local Target store sold a month’s supply of birth control pills for all but $9.  Perhaps JM Baker is sexist for assuming that women cannot earn enough to pay $9 a month?  And, of course, Mock points out the highly hypocritical, and hilariously entitled liberal thinking that while government should stay out of vaginas (which they should-paging Bill Clinton), they also demand that government pay for the upkeep of said vaginas.  Not only do the feminists want to have their cake and eat it too, they want us to pay for it!

At any rate, here is the list of companies that JM Baker of Jezebel suggests we patronize…

1. Tyndale House – An Illinois publishing company focusing on Christian books.  Katie’s all in a tizzy because the company’s founder equates certain contraceptives with abortion.  Here’s an idea.  If you want contraceptives, go buy them.  And/or don’t work at Tyndale House.  Problem solved.

2. Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics – Ohio-based produce companies.  They have signs in their stores which state, “It’s not a choice, it’s a child” and their benefits plans exclude contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.  Katie’s MAD about that, y’all.  HOW DARE a company owner have an opinion based on faith?  HOW DARE they run a business the way they see fit? 

3. Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation – PA-based cabinet manufacturer run by Mennonites.  They have nearly 1000 employees, but who cares that they’re providing jobs and livelihoods?  What matters is that they won’t provide Plan B pills.  OMG ARREST THEM ALL.

4. Weingartz Supply Company – MI-based company which sells outdoor power equipment.  Catholic owner. 

5. Autocam Corporation – MI-based transportation/medical equipment company. 

6. Domino’s Farms – MI-based property management company, with ownership held by the same guy who started Domino’s Pizza.  He’s against some forms of contraception, to which Katie says, “Oh, go f*ck yourself and your overly saucy pizza.”  Ooooo – good one, Katie.  Way to make a compelling argument.  Well done.

7. Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc. – MI-based contractor dealing with environemental dredging/water treatment, etc.8. Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. – IL-based construction company with Catholic owners, who “wish to conduct business in a manner that does not violate their religious faith.”  Katie says, “Awww, they make prioritizing your own beliefs over dozens of people who work for you sound so polite.”  Yes, Katie, dozens of people who WORK FOR THEM BY CHOICE.  They are welcome to go elsewhere.  Or, they can stay employed and simply GO TO TARGET AND BUY SOME FREAKING BIRTH CONTROL.

9. Triune Health Group – Illinois-based company helping injured workers get back to the workforce.  They recently won an award for being exceptionally woman-friendly.  But that’s not good enough for Katie.  Katie wants them to violate their religious conscience so that women employees can have sex on someone else’s dime.  It’s only FAIR!

10. Grote Industries – Indiana manufacturer of car safety systems.  They do not want to cover abortifacient drugs, contraception or sterilization.  So if you want those things? Don’t work for them, or work for them and reach into your own wallet to cover those items.  EASY PEASY.

11. Tonn and Black Construction, LLC – Indiana construction company.

12. O’Brien Industrial Holdings – MO-based company that processes ceramic materials.

13. American Pulverizer Company – MO- based business that deals in scrap metal recycling.  Katie’s furious that they care about “hypothetical embryonic lives” more than they care about their 150 employees. Oh, Katie.  Dear, naïve Katie.  Do you see the difference between destroying the life of an embryo and making an adult pay for something at a drug store?  I suppose you don’t.

14. Annex Medical Inc. – medical device company in MN. 

15. Sharpe Holdings, Inc. – MO company involved in dairy farming. 

16. Sioux Chief MFG. Co, Inc. – MO plumbing company. Katie thinks that even though the owners are Catholic, they should “host a debate with their 370 employees” to see what they think about not being given contraception coverage.  Because apparently, Katie believes that company owners owe it to their employees to provide them with whatever they want, irrespective of how much it may violate their religious beliefs. 

17. Hercules Industries, Inc. – CO company in HVAC. 

18. Hobby Lobby – OK-based crafts chain.  You might’ve heard of them. smiley

Mock’s slicing and dicing here is hilarious.  So get over to Chicks on the right, and read the rest of the sarcastic commentary.  You will not regret it.  And, if you have the opportunity, patronize some of the businesses on this list.


War on Christians Escalates: Judge Forces Hobby Lobby to Violate Beliefs


Notice that there seems to be a war on Christianity under way?  Well, the folks at Hobby lobby have noticed, as they  went to court to escape the the ObamaCare regulations that require them to provide coverage for the abortion pill.  Unfortunately, it seems that at least one federal judge seems t think that Religious Freedom really doesn’t exist. 

LifeNews reported:

A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.

The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the business says it is opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate, which it says forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to 1.3 million dollars per day.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

However, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a ruling late Monday rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request to block the mandate. Judge Heaton said that the company doesn’t qualify for an exemption because it is not a church or religious group.

Now, it would be simple to point out that Muslims would scream, and be heard, of they were forced to sell bacon.  Vegans would complain, sue, and win, if they were forced to eat veal.  However, Christians are systematically targeted and shot down by judges.  But,I think there is more to it than simple discrimination-it the concerted effort to punish and drive Christians, and more importantly, that Jesus guy, from all aspects of public life.

As I see it, there are two motivations for this…

1.  Under the socialist utopia, there shall be no God before government.  Christians, particularly the ones that actually believe on their faith, put God before any else, especially government.  This prevents them from being the good drones that the government indoctrination machine wants to produce.  Without good drones, the liberal utopia collapses under the doubt of it’s citizens.   So, Christians must be punished, discriminated against, ridiculed, and persecuted, lest other people listen, and come to know the Jesus guy.

2. The “boss” of liberalism does not like God, and has spent considerable effort on attacking the followers of the Jesus guy.  He’s used Cultural Marxism (political correctness), Communism, Fascism, the Alinsky Method, and a myriad of other tactics and schemes to attack the followers, and prevent more people from hearing or believing the words of the Jesus guy.  This is just the latest in a long line of aggressions.  I would think that they “boss” of liberalism see’s his end-game coming, and he is accelerating his efforts, all in an attempt to eliminate any reference, or reverence for the Jesus guy from our society.

Either way, this is potentially a big in for the left.  Either Hobby Lobby sells out their faith, which shows them to be weak in faith, and not good example-or they close.  Either way, the Christian influence in society is diminished, and less people are under the influence of that pesky Jesus.