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RELIGION: Liberty under assault by the left

Letter by James A. Winterstein, Olympia on March 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | 80 Comments »
March 19, 2012 1:54 pm

The U.S. Constitution provides for the “free exercise” of religion, but the current administrations at both the federal and state levels intentionally pursue actions that ignore the constitutional rights of those who want to freely exercise their religious rights.

On the federal level, the Obama administration tried to force a Christian school to rehire a teacher who was allegedly fired in violation of federal law. But the U.S.Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, chastised the government and agreed with the school that the First Amendment precludes government involvement in employment relationships between a religious institution and its ministers.

Also, the Obama administration is compelling religious institutions to provide abortifacients to their employees, regardless of religiously based objections by the institutions.

On the state level, the governor and the Pharmacy Board specifically targeted pharmacists who have religious objections to dispensing Plan B. Fortunately, the governor was so inept in her bullying, that according to the court, she only targeted non-Catholic pharmacists who had religious objections, and not Catholic pharmacies.

The court specifically found that “the Board’s rules discriminate intentionally and impinge (the Stormans’) fundamental right to free exercise of religion.” The people of this state owe the Stormans a huge debt of gratitude for standing up to the governor’s intentional and deliberate intimidation of Christians who take their religion seriously.

Make no mistake, our religious liberty is under assault on the left by both the federal and state governments. Fortunately, two recent federal court decisions have upheld our religious freedom.

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