Janet M. LaRue

For example, the ACLU sued to stop federal funding of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ program to help victims of human trafficking because of the program’s refusal to refer trafficking victims for contraceptives or abortion. So, Obama’s abortion-zealous political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services overruled HHS career staff and awarded grants to three agencies with lower-rated programs who do refer women for abortion and contraceptives, according to Jerry Markon of The Washington Post.

Obama’s dedication to his radical social issues agenda includes pandering to homosexual activists. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a $3 million “Global Equality Fund” to “help expand the rights of gay people around the world,” according to Kim Geiger of the Los Angeles Times. Clinton’s announcement came within hours of Obama’s Dec. 6 memorandum to all executive agencies on the subject of “International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons.”

Americans can expect other federal agencies to add to the federal deficit by spending many more millions of tax dollars on homosexual advocacy. Obama’s memorandum lists the

“agencies involved with foreign aid, assistance, and development include the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative, and such other agencies as the President may designate."

As Geiger noted, “The initiative builds on the Obama administration's effort to promote the rights of gays and lesbians at home. The Pentagon this year dismantled its ban on gays serving openly in the military, and Obama recently directed the federal government not to defend a law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) rightly calls it Obama’s “war on religion.” Consider just a couple of Obama’s IEDs.

Obamacare mandates that employers -- including religious employers – must cover contraceptives in their health insurance policies even if it violates the employer’s religious beliefs. At the same time, Obama, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats made sure that Obamacare insurance providers from which Obama and federal employees may choose can ignore the contraceptive mandate if it violates the provider’s religious beliefs.

The constitutional right to free exercise of religion for the rest of us ends where Obamacare begins.

Then there’s this missile from Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An EEOC lawyer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in October that the agency has the right to order a church to reinstate a fired minister. As Ken Klukowski, senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union, noted in his analysis of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, the agency’s claim that “there's no ministerial exception in the Constitution, only the same rights that secular organizations possess” was too preposterous even for Obama’s latest Supreme Court appointee, the very liberal Justice Elena Kagan.

Most Americans don’t want a wimpy presidential candidate who will “agree to get along for a little while,” as if he or she can’t walk and chew on economic and moral issues at the same time.

Any candidate who can’t make the connection between morality, liberty and the economy should get off the stage. It’s not as if Obama hasn’t provided plenty of ammo.

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.