With today’s filing of lawsuits (against ObamaCare’s abortifacient mandate) in 12 federal districts by 40 different Catholic organizations, the issue is now squarely at hand: Are Americans allowed free consciences and free exercise of religion, or not? The Obama administration, its tyrannical impulses(and fundamental lawlessness alien to the American tradition) now available for all to see, says no. These 40 Catholic entitities — supported even before their suits by statements of support from many other denominations — say yes, we are free people with free consciences and the right to freely exercise our religion.
At NRO today, the great George Weigel explains it all better than I’ve seen anywhere else:
As the battle continues, it will be important, amidst the litigators’ argument and the administration’s attempts to reply, to remember that what is at stake here is nothing less than the future of civil society in the United States.
A victory in the lawsuits filed against the administration’s mandate will be more than a victory for religious freedom, important as that will be. It will be a victory in defense of the social architecture of American democracy. Government is not the only custodian of the common good. The institutions of civil society bear a significant and irreducible responsibility for the common good, a responsibility they must be able to fulfill freely, without unwarranted interference from an overweening state that is ignorant of the limits of its legitimate reach.