Romney Accuses Obama of Stifling Religious Liberty
This whole culture war as religious freedom thing will backfire on conservatives - most Americans understand that abstinence doesn’t work while the Catholic Church is still fighting bad press from the fallout of making their priests practice celibacy.
The Catholic Church going full bore anti contraception will just clarify what’s at stake to swing voters and it will certainly unite the left while fracturing the right.
The piteous failure of abstinence vs contraception is written across red state America. I live in the staunchly religious and Republican Midwest, where pretty much every bad stat you can name for children and young adults is higher than blue states. Child abuse runs higher, teen pregnancy runs higher, out of wedlock childbirth, crime rate per capita, divorce rates, STD’s per capita, childhood mortality, you name it. Indeed, parts of the neighboring state of Missouri rival third world nations in many of these stats.
Today, the Washington Examiner published an op-ed from Mitt Romney, “President Obama versus Religious Liberty:”
The Obama administration is at it again. They are now using Obamacare to impose a secular vision on Americans who believe that they should not have their religious freedom taken away.
This is the same Mitt Romney who could barely utter a word about religious freedom for his own faith when it was under assault by some of his fellow conservatives. Now that he’s expected to be his party’s nominee, he feels compelled to take up its most potent religion crusade this year: the claim that religious institutions who are opposed to contraception should get a special exemption from the requirement of the Affordable Care Act that employers provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, free of co-pays. Even those religious institutions which have been, without complaint, providing contraceptive coverage to their employees for years.
As I wrote on the night of the Florida primary, and as I predicted earlier in January, these supposed liberal attacks on “religious liberty,” and in particular, the contraception requirement, would become an essential theme of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Romney, fighting off Newt Gingrich’s campaign theme that he is a “Massachusetts moderate,” today jumps on the bandwagon in hopes of sealing the deal with religious conservatives: