Religious freedom is our “First Freedom,” the most cherished guarantee in the Bill of Rights. The expansive understanding of religious liberty that has been the hallmark of American political culture for two centuries is now at risk, however. There are those who would define down our First Amendment right of “free exercise” of religion to mean nothing more than the ability to worship in private. This dangerous and unconstitutional development is taking on the force of law, the most high profile example being the new “contraceptive mandate” issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It would require religious organizations to provide contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacients as part of their employee health care plans.
2012 KANSAS RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: