GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd in Ohio this week, where he made a strong statement about religious freedom and the HHS contraception mandate.
Religious liberty… [is the] first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you provide products to your employees, if you’re the Catholic Church, that violates your own conscience.
And so whether it’s a Catholic businessperson or the Catholic Church itself they’re being told what they have to do that violates their religious conscience. That attack on religious freedom I think is a dangerous and unfortunate precedent. And I know we’re not all Catholic in this room. Many presumably are. But I feel that we’re all Catholic today.
In our battle to preserve religious freedom and tolerance and freedom in this country, it is essential for us to push back against that.
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