Speaking in Ohio on Wednesday, GOP candidate Mitt Romney found his footing and began talking about religious freedom, the first freedom defended by the Constitution – and how ObamaCare will harm that penultimate symbol of American freedom. The same day, protestant Wheaton College (Illinois) joined the other institutions, mostly Catholic, that are suing the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for ObamaCare’s abridgement of that fundamental right. In a television interview, former Assistant Attorney General Joseph Morris (Chicago) reminded a CLTV reporter that the complaint has never been about contraception or even morning-after abortion pills; the argument is about institutions that are being required by the government to challenge their religious beliefs. Morris argued that this is a deep-seated issue for our American political culture. The question is, who gets to mandate an institution’s religious beliefs: the government or that entity? And the issue is of continuing importance following the Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate as a tax – which remains only one of many challenges that we are discovering, as more and more people “read” the Affordable Care Act.

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