The Obama administration’s HHS mandate on contraceptives and abortifacients—a deliberate assault, in violation of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, on the religious liberty of countless Americans—takes effect today. As NRO’s house editorial puts it, the Obama administration
embraces a shriveled view of religious liberty that is alien to the American tradition. Under its view, religious liberty is not an independent good essential to the flourishing of civil society. Traditional religious believers stand in the way of the progressive agenda, and they are to be coerced, stigmatized, penalized, and ultimately crushed.