Religious Thought and the HHS Mandate

Arguments regarding the role of religious thought in public debates have returned to the spotlight in the controversy surrounding the administration's abortifacient, sterilization, and contraceptive mandate.  Defenders of that mandate have argued that religious thought should not play a role in public debates.  Nancy Pelosi accused the Catholic Church of trying to impose its faith on others.  Al Sharpton claimed that religious opposition violates the so-called "separation of church and state."  Liberals objected to attempts to amend the mandate, by Senator Marco Rubio and others, as attempts to impose a religious agenda, and largely refused to consider the merits of those amendments. President Obama seems to have missed the memo, noting that "the majority of great reformers in American history did their work not just because it was sound policy, or they had done good analysis, or understood how to exercise good politics, but because their faith and their values...(Read Full Article)

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