Debate is About Religious Freedom, Not Contraception
By Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Just when you thought you'd heard it all, you can peel back the pages of the Herald-Leader and gaze with astonishment at a columnist's suggestion that the protections granted to people of faith under the First Amendment to the Constitution are akin to sharia law. Ironically, it's a credit to the First Amendment's protection of free speech and a free press that such an outlandish suggestion can be made at all.
Thankfully for the Herald-Leader and all Americans, your First Amendment rights are protected whether others think they should be or not. At least they were until a few weeks ago.
At issue is the Obama administration's recent decision to force religious institutions to provide insurance to its employees that includes coverage that some, including the Catholic Church, have religious objections to providing. The new rule is born of a provision created in Obamacare, health care legislation whose constitutionality is itself under examination by the Supreme Court.
The fact that liberals believe the controversy is about contraception underscores the troubled relationship they have with the Constitution.
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