Denny Burke cites USA Today to inform us that,
Southern Baptists are suing the federal government over Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Guidestone Financial Resources is a division of the SBC that provides health benefits to Southern Baptist churches. When the law goes into effect on January 1, it would require Southern Baptists to foot the bill for insurance that covers contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
And then he concludes with:
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate is an egregious violation of religious liberty.
Good for the SBC. And good for Burke for drawing our attention to this matter. It is very true that Obamacare’s mandates violate religious liberty. The so-called “Christian Right” are ususally spot on in these matters. I do hope though that we should begin to see some more consistency from many of these Christian political commentators. For example, when my tax money is used in Iraq and Afghanistan against my own Christian conscience, is this or is this not a violation of my “religious liberty?”
More generally speaking, I hope that the Conservative base begins to realize the importance of individual liberty, even beyond the specific category of “religious.” Bush’s economic fascism and expansionary welfarism was a disaster and a grievance against almost every type of liberty. To the Christian Right: “let’s be consistent!”