‘Far Right’? Or First Freedom?

In his George Mason stop Friday, the president accused Mitt Romney of joining “the far right of his party to support a bill that would allow any employer to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.” He continued: “I mean, think about that — your boss telling you what’s best for your health and safety.” 

The sponsor of the conscience-protection legislation in the House, Jeff Fortenberry, congressman from Nebraska, is not “far right,” but a discerning moral steward, trying his best to protect our freedoms and operate as a moral actor in the corridors of Washington. (Would that more would aim for decency in life and policy.) He’s joined by Democrat Dan Lipinski in the effort. He’s got 224 cosponsors in the House.

And remember Nancy Johnson, who also supports the legislation, is no “far right” winger. 

Mitt Romney, of course, brought religious freedom up in the debate last week. Given Romney knows the specifics well, I hope the president tries his condescending, misleading bragging during the upcoming town hall. It has plenty of foreign-policy tie-ins.

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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