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Letter: Court affirms religious liberty

Those of us who believe that religious liberty has been under attack for several decades, but particularly since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, have reason to be heartened by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. By a 5-4 decision, the justices said that a private company can be exempted on religious grounds from the Obamacare requirement that employer-sponsored insurance policies cover contraception.

In the torrent of anti-Christian, anti-religious mandates thrown at us by the Congress, the president and the arrogant, unaccountable federal bureaucracy, we have gotten a small reprieve. The Supreme Court says that even the Obama regime is subject to the Constitution, at least, in this instance.

I have no doubt that the same congressmen, same president, and same bureaucracy that gave us Obamacare, will go out of their way to brush aside this ruling and ignore it, as they seem to ignore most constitutional restraints. And, unfortunately, the media will be their willing accomplices as they continue the attempt to remove all traces of religion in our national life.

It is up to Congress, which so far has been unable or unwilling to stand up and protect America’s religious heritage, to stop this onslaught on faith.

But, in the final analysis, it will be up to each of us in November to let D.C. know just how we feel. At least, today, we can feel a little better about the all-out battle for the soul of America.

Stein is former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party.