This past week, religious liberty died.
It endured 236 years after the Declaration of Independence and 221 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified. Religious liberty met its death at the hands of President Obama and Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Earlier this year, they announced a new government mandate that would force ALL employers, taxpayers, and employees to pay for drugs that many Americans find morally objectionable or in contravention of their religious teachings. And, if you object, you will be tracked down by an agent of the Internal Revenue Service, and forced to pay a massive fine to the government.
This shocking mandate took effect this past week, which is why August 1, 2012 marks the day religious liberty died and religious bigotry was revived. My colleagues and I gathered for a news conference to mark this solemn occasion, and I hope you'll take a few minutes to review my remarks. I discussed how this rule is thinly-veiled religious bigotry on the part of the Obama Administration. Let's hope we can repeal this massive ObamaCare bill - or at least see success in the two dozen lawsuits currently demanding the Courts defend our First Amendment and overturn this direct threat to religious liberty.