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Robbie George on Religious Freedom

 

Robert GeorgeOver at First Things, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and founding chairman of NOM, analyzed the Supreme Court's recent ruling that the government cannot force Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners to provide abortion-inducing drugs or devices for their employees in accordance with regulations enacted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. George's words about religious freedom stood out:

Just as the for-profit company known as the New York Times enjoys the right to freedom of the press under the First Amendment, so Hobby Lobby enjoys the right to religious freedom protected by RFRA. Protection for religious liberty doesn’t stop where commerce begins. As Neuhaus tirelessly insisted, our religious lives cannot be restricted to what we do in our homes before meals or on our knees at bedtime, or to our prayers and liturgies in churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Religious faith motivates, or can motivate, our convictions and actions in the exercise of our rights and responsibilities as citizens, in our philanthropic and charitable activities, and in the conduct of our businesses and professions.

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Friends of religious freedom must respond swiftly and strongly to the claims and political machinations of their adversaries. We must wield the sword of truth against the falsehoods and gross exaggerations that will become the currency of the other side’s attacks. Without resorting to their tactics, we must match their intensity and determination. Key elements of our religious freedom hang in the balance.

Read the rest here.