…provided through the NCHLA are in red. Original in black:
The HHS Mandate and its proposed rules are not fooling anyone. Those who favor driving religious freedom from the public square support it. Those who want to keep religious freedom at the center of American life where it has always lived oppose it.
The Administration’s new proposed rule does nothing (the original: “little“) to correct the underlying problems in its contraceptive mandate, which continues to violate many Americans’ right of religious freedom.
The rule exempts only an extremely narrow set of religious employers, primarily “houses of worship.” Almost all private health plans must cover sterilization and all FDA-approved “contraceptives,” including drugs that can cause abortion, as well as “education and counseling” promoting these to women and girls. This coverage will be imposed “automatically” even on the employees of many religious organizations and their children. Employers and employees will lose their right to seek health coverage that respects their values. I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions.
The law of the land has always has recognized freedom of religion (not the insipid shadow, freedom of worship) as a right prior to and determinate of all other true freedoms. This back-door attempt to undermine it will not stand.