Another Day, Another Poll on Religious Freedom

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

This one comes from Rasmussen and shows “46% Favor Allowing Religious Exemption for Contraceptive Mandate.” 

Here’s what those polled were asked:

The Obama administration has mandated that all companies must include insurance coverage that provides no-cost contraceptives for women. This requirement violates deeply held beliefs of some churches, religious organizations and business owners. If providing such coverage violates the beliefs of a church, religious organization or business owner, should they be allowed to opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives?

I continue to wonder if Americans would feel differently if they actually knew the details (abortion-inducing drugs, anyone?) and the stakes. And exactly what the Department of Justice has been arguing in response to the pleas of Americans who are being forced to choose between conscience and livelihood, in many cases.

I don’t actually believe we all have this radically different understanding of religious freedom. It’s more like we’re still just beginning to stop looking away — but still with some key details missing. 

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