The Corner

Jeb’s Speech at Liberty

It was excellent. Here’s the passage on religious liberty:

There are consequences when you don’t genuflect to the latest secular dogmas.  And those dogmas can be hard to keep up with.  So we find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons.  Or federal judges mistaking themselves for elected legislators, and imposing restrictions and rights that do not exist in the Constitution.  Or an agency dictating to a Catholic charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, what has to go in their health plan – and never mind objections of conscience.  

I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services.  From the standpoint of religious freedom, you might even say it’s a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother – and I’m going with the Sisters.

That case continues, and as usual the present administration is supporting the use of coercive federal power. What should be easy calls, in favor of religious freedom, have instead become an aggressive stance against it.  Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn’t the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith.  Federal authorities are demanding obedience, in complete disregard of religious conscience – and in a free society, the answer is No.

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