‘Religious freedom lost.’

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Kirsten Powers writes:

It’s hard to escape the feeling that the Obama administration is trying to run America’s Catholic charities and institutions out of business.

How else to explain the mean-spirited decision mandating that Catholic institutions be required to pay for health insurance that covers sterilization, contraceptives, and the “morning-after pill,” which violates their fundamental religious beliefs?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius even had the gumption to claimSunday that the “contraception rule respects religion.” On Jan. 20, she insisted she had reached an agreeable compromise, saying the decision “strikes a balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.”

What balance? What respect for religious freedom? The administration took religious liberty, a principle on which our country was founded, weighed it against access to contraception, and somehow in its bizarro math, religious freedom lost.