Marybeth Hicks

“Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the ‘enlightened’ voices of accommodation. … The White House seems to think we bishops simply do not know or understand Catholic teaching and so, taking a cue from its own definition of religious freedom, now has nominated its own handpicked official Catholic teachers.

“Meanwhile, in our recent debate in the Senate, our opponents sought to obscure what is really a religious-freedom issue by maintaining that abortion-inducing drugs and the like are a ‘woman’s health issue.’ We will not let this deception stand,” Cardinal Dolan wrote.

It bears noting that Cardinal Dolan reassured the community of bishops and the Catholics they serve that a recent unanimous Supreme Court decision, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, reaffirms the right of a church to define its own ministry and services.

That such a decision even was necessary when our Constitution opens with the premise of religious liberty is a sign of the times - and not a good one.

This administration is using everything it can find to obfuscate from the issue at hand. Freedom-loving Americans - not only those who value religious liberty, but also those who value liberty as has been defined by our history and our heritage - need to keep our eyes on the ball.

The issue is not birth control or women’s reproductive rights or, heaven knows, Sasha and Malia Obama’s future opportunities to speak out as “good citizens” without fear of an uncivilized remark from a radio host.

The issue is as essential as what you believe about your God and whether your government can encourage you to get with the times.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).