Carol Platt Liebau
The day shouldn't pass without noting that it has been a dark one for religious liberty. Today was the day that the ObamaCare HHS mandate -- requiring coverage of abortifacients and contraceptives regardless of religious belief -- went into effect.

As Townhall readers know, freedom of religion was a founding principle of the USA.  Even those who might have no personal objection to the mandate should feel a sense of foreboding, now that we've apparently reached a point where the government feels free to tell those holding mainstream Christian beliefs that they must violate those beliefs -- or else violate the law.

To paraphrase the words of a famous American pastor, a loss of liberty anywhere is a threat to liberty everywhere.

Let us hope that the long lines reflecting support for Chik-Fil-A's right to hold faith-based views are repeated this November at the polling booth -- reflecting the same revulsion against efforts to shut down Americans' liberty of conscience.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.