The Heritage Network
July 5, 2012
The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn Obamacare last week has set the stage for another legal battle over the law’s onerous, liberty-trampling provisions.
Now, the fight for freedom turns to the 23 lawsuits filed thus far on behalf of dozens of victims of Obamacare’s disregard for religious liberty, who will be forced to comply with the mandate to provide and pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization—regardless of moral or religious objection.
Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate displays the Administration’s offensively constricted view of faith in public life, affording the narrowest religious exemption in federal law that effectively only applies to formal houses of worship. Schools, soup kitchens, health clinics, and countless other “Good Samaritan” groups are left completely unprotected by the exemption simply because they serve vulnerable individuals without regard to their creed or background.
During the Fortnight for Freedom over the past two weeks, Heritage has profiled just a few of the organizations that are helping sustain civil society but whose important work is threatened by Obamacare:
As Dr. Ken Smith, president of Geneva College, explained: “The issue that we have with the entire law is that the Obama Administration has tried to define religion as being that which what churches do. We believe that religion takes us into the marketplace. There is both an internal community of faith responsibility of religion, but there is also an external service to community. That is religion.”
Policymakers and national leaders should understand the primacy of religious freedom in the American constitutional order and work to protect that freedom, not undermine it. A robust conception of religion is an important anchor for religious freedom—freedom not merely to believe or teach certain doctrines but to live out one’s faith in all aspects of life.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:53 am