Marybeth Hicks

“Free from religion” appears to be winning.

And if the Obamacare contraception mandate remains intact and ultimately is forced upon religious institutions and other employers of moral conscience, the notion of religious freedom as we know it will be a thing of the past.

On Friday, the “Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally” will take place in 155 cities across the country, focusing on opposition to the Obamacare mandate that requires all employers, including those with religious or moral objections, to provide free contraception and abortifacient drugs as part of the standard health insurance package required by law.

I’ll be among the hundreds of speakers at those gatherings in support of religious freedom, and while I was honored to be asked to speak, I’m dismayed that such a rally is even necessary.

In the United States of America, standing up for religious freedom should sound as odd to us as standing up for the right to drink soda or eat salt or buy a Happy Meal or be born once you have been conceived.

Oh, wait. Those things aren’t a given, either.

Alarmingly, our children are growing up in a time when the freedoms we have taken for granted remain only precariously guaranteed. If religious freedom goes, the dominoes will fall quickly.

Stand up, indeed. For a rally near year, go to

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).