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The Line in the Sand

Religious Liberty and Health Care

By Bob Laird

From Family Foundation a publication of The Couple to Couple League, May/June 2012, pp. 8-11.

The Obama Administration has drawn a line in the sand, daring Catholics to practice their faith in the public square. There is little precedence for this attack on religious liberty. Previous Congresses and administrations always upheld the First Amendment non-interference of the government in the free practice of religion.
In a Feb. 16 press conference, Anthony Picarello, Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) delineated:

"We are not entering a new stage. It has gone from that which is allowed by the government, to that which is supported by the government, to that which is mandated by the government. The latter step is what makes it a religious liberty issue."

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This article has been reprinted here by permission of the author after original publication at the Cabrinia Center for Catholic Health Care.

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