A liberal reporter speaking at a conference in Georgetown recently dismissed conservative alarms about the Obama administration’s mandate that forces religious institutions — like Catholic Hospitals and Evangelical colleges — to provide coverage for drugs and procedures that can cause abortions and that effect sterilizations. ¬†“What about¬†the anti-Catholic Bible riots in Philadelphia in the 1840s?” she asked. ¬†Those led to scores of people actually being killed.
Those Bible riots were deplorable — a blot on¬†American¬†history. ¬†But they were not the acts of the federal government. ¬†They were lawless violence, not a deliberate policy of oppression.
James Madison famously said that the people are right to take alarm at the “first advance on their liberties.” ¬†The Obama mandate will force us to violate our consciences. ¬†President Obama famously said that he doesn’t know when human¬†life begins, but he’s willing to force us to collaborate in the destruction of innocent human¬†lives.