The good people at To The Source asked me to expound further on the thesis enunciated in my NRO article of a few days ago, accusing the Obama Administration of a full frontal assault on freedom of religion by trying to substitute the far more restricted concept of “freedom of worship” in its place. Happy to do so. From “The First Freedom:”
The federal government is wielding autocratic bureaucratic power under Obamacare to force religious organizations to pay for insurance covering contraception, sterilizations, and other “reproductive services”—even if the group is religiously opposed. But this rule isn’t really about birth control, or even health care. Rather, by forcing religious organizations to comport with secular values, the government is attempting to limit religious liberty to the confines of church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or monastery.
I won’t expound any further on this for now, since anyone interested can read the whole thing, except to say that I think this rule is the most egregious assaults on the First Amendment that we have seen in a long while in this country. To the legal mattresses!