President Obama vs. ‘Indispensible Institutions’

“There’s no constitutional guarantee more precious than our right to the free exercise of religion,” Paul Ryan says in a new web video aimed at rallying Catholics by focusing on religious freedom and the president’s attack on civil society by threatening faith-based social-service organizations that can’t in good conscience provide the health-care insurance coverage the federal government is mandating they do.

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But as Ryan states in the video, the freedom of religion is the freedom to live an integrated life of faith, in the public square. That’s what this debate about the HHS mandate is about. And at a time when restrictions of religious freedom are increasing the world over, this is not only about our precious liberty, but our responsibility to the world to continue to be that protector and beacon of freedom. As with other significant issues this election year, it’s about stewardship. 

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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