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Catholics Hold Obama Accountable for Conscience Violations

By Bob Laird

Catholics Hold Obama Accountable for Conscience Violations

by Bob Laird, published on on January 30, 2012. Originally published in HLI America's Truth and Charity Forum, January 30, 2012 as "Keeping Religious Liberty Front and Center."

As we move closer to the November presidential elections, it is becoming clear that the increasing violations of religious liberty by the Obama administration will be the defining issue for Catholics.

Following the January 24 announcement that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)has affirmed its controversial ruling which mandates that almost all employer health plans fully cover contraception, sterilization procedures and abortion-inducing drugs, Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan expressed outrage that both the U.S. Constitution and the clearly expressed position of the Church were being ignored by an out of control administration. In this unprecedented confrontation between the Roman Catholic Church and the federal government (see video), Archbishop Dolan called on Americans to bring the issue to their elected officials.

In agreement with Archbishop Dolan, Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, argued (here and here) that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's claims of "balance" between considerations of religion and Planned Parenthood ideology were absurd. Sebelius's refusal to adequately weigh the concerns of religious organizations leaves the only remaining recourse to be the federal courts or the November elections. Read remainder of article.

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