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The Obama Mandate: The Gravest Threat to Religious Freedom in 226 Years

SMyles Wrote: Oct 07, 2012 6:26 PM
That was very good Fletcher and I thank you. I stand corrected. I guess my misunderstanding comes from all of the Christians I know that believe their religious freedom is important but not ones freedom to ingest certain substances, pay for sex, or whatever else they may deem "bad". So it puts me on the defensive. I can accept your point about being descriptive, but I still believe that it can become subjective or a vacuum in the sense that some don't agree with the entire concept of liberty which must include actions they don't necessarily approve of.

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

A liberal reporter speaking at a conference in Georgetown recently dismissed conservative alarms about the Obama administration's mandate that forces religious institutions--like Catholic Hospitals and Evangelical colleges--to provide coverage for drugs and procedures that can abortions and that effect sterilizations. "What about the anti-Catholic Bible riots in Philadelphia in the 1840s," she asked. Those led to scores of people actually being killed. Those Bible riots were deplorable, a blot on American history. But they were not the acts of the federal government. They were lawless violence, not a deliberate policy of oppression.