Religious Freedom Wins For A Change

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY OCTOBER 13, 2017

         THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS STRUCK AN IMPORTANT BLOW FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. IT HAS REVERSED POLICIES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT FORCED RELIGIOUS ENTITIES, LIKE THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR, TO PROVIDE CONTRACEPTION TO EMPLOYEES IN THEIR HEALTH PLANS, EVEN IF IT VIOLATES THEIR BELIEFS.

         BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ARE READILY AVAILABLE AND IN MANY CASES AT LOW COST, OR FOR FREE, BUT FOR THE LEFT THAT ISN’T THE POINT. LINDA GREENHOUSE, A LEFTIST WHO ONCE COVERED THE SUPREME COURT FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES WRITES IN THAT NEWSPAPER THAT THE RADICAL FRINGE HAS TAKEN OVER. ACTUALLY THE RADICAL FRINGE IS BEING PUSHED BACK AND THEY DON’T LIKE IT.

         THE DECISION BY THE ADMINISTRATION WILL ALSO ALLOW PEOPLE OF FAITH TO NOT HIRE GAYS, LESBIANS AND OTHERS IF DOING SO OFFENDS THEIR FAITH.

         THERE WILL BE MORE LAWSUITS ABOUT THIS. CRITICS CLAIM THE RULING VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION’S ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE. NO IT DOESN’T. THAT CLAUSE SAYS CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, NOR PROHIBIT ITS FREE EXERCISE. THIS IS ABOUT FREE EXERCISE, NOT ESTABLISHMENT. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.