Ken Connor

In other words, the Obama administration is misusing its authority to place the burden of proof on religious institutions rather than according them the wide latitude that is their constitutional due. While the legal avenue the Catholic Church is pursuing to obtain relief from the mandate is within the bounds of the law, it may not prevail before the bar of justice. If not, the church must be prepared to answer God's call of resistance. The Scriptures teach that whenever the authorities compel that which God forbids or forbid that which God compels, Christians have a duty to resist. Religious conscience is not the province of Caesar.

It is critical that entities like EPPC and others like them continue countering the Obama administration's distorted characterization of this issue. Regardless of what side of the birth control debate one finds oneself on, the existential threat to liberty represented by Obama mandate is something that should alarm all Americans. And it is important to remember that it is not the Church that is the aggressor in this fight. Again, from the article:

While Obama supporters (including some Catholics) will contend that this is partisan politics, it isn't – except insofar as the administration has made it so. It was the administration that refused to countenance Catholic concerns before and after the mandate was issued. It was the administration whose apologists (including Secretary Sebelius) bent every effort to turn what was clearly a religious-freedom issue into a "War on Women." It has been the administration and its Senate allies, like Majority Leader Harry Reid, who have refused to enter into any sort of serious discussion aimed at mitigating Catholic concerns. It is the administration that seems willing to drive the Catholic Church out of health care, education, and social services if that is what is required to enforce the administration's notions of "reproductive health" and "reproductive choice." If the administration pays a price for this in November, it will have no one to blame except itself.

If hamstringing the admirable work of the Catholic Church and other religious institutions in America in the name of free birth control doesn't reek of ideological extremism, I don't know what does. If the shoe fits, President Obama . . .

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.