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“When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?”

by | Aug 21, 2012





By Dave Andrusko

Because Mitt Romney’s recent speech in Warsaw, Poland, did not relate directly to our issues, I did not write to say how magnificent I thought his powerful remarks were. I was reminded how inspirational they were—and how the setting reminds us of President Obama’s ongoing war on religious freedom—when I saw an ad that ran today under the banner “Who Shares Your Values?” but is being referred to as the “Be not afraid” ad.

The ad begins, “President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.”


Those who favor the Obama mandate forcing religious institutions and businesses to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs that violate their religious or moral convictions dismiss this as much ado about nothing. There has already been an “accommodation,” they insist (falsely), and furthermore, as a federal judge said in dismissing one (of many) suits against the HHS mandate, “the lawsuit isn’t timely because changes are already being made to the regulations to meet the concerns of religious groups.”

But, of course, that is nonsense. For one thing, there wouldn’t be scores of lawsuits if the first “accommodation” had been in good faith. For another thing, there is nothing in the behavior of the Obama Administration since that first bogus accommodation to suggest they are backing off. To the contrary, as we discussed yesterday, they are doubling down on their attacks all under the familiar demagogic slogan that a “war on women” is being waged.

The ad contrasts the Republican presidential candidate’s position with that of President Obama’s. “Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong” and then shows footage of Mr. Romney in Poland where he said last month, “In 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire . . . ‘Be not afraid.’”

And the ads ends with a question that ought to be front and center for any American: “When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?”

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