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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Both liberals and conservatives lobby for laws with moral and religious implications

Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times suggests in a commentary that "conservatives argue consistently that matters of family morality aren’t for the government to intrude on."
On the contrary, conservatives and liberals alike in our democratic republic advance many laws that deal with morality: capital punishment, abortion, gun control and religious freedom, which applies to the case of the castigated government official who simply seeks a government health  insurance option consistent with his conscience.
The bipartisan federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act provides that the government must not abridge our First Amendment religious freedoms apart from a compelling interest that the government enforces by the least restrictive means. The wise law does not make religious interests automatically trump government interests; it simply protects the delicate church-state balance reflected in the Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…."

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