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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt had harsh words for President Obama’s unprecedented attack on religious liberty through ObamaCare. He spoke at the Heritage Foundation on February 13.
The contraception mandate being forced on religious institutions is an attack on religious liberty and the “faith-based rights of conscience,” said Blunt.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote of Blunt’s speech:
Today, Sen. Roy Blunt, who has spearheaded opposition in Congress, signaled that the issue will remain high on the list of GOP talking points despite White House efforts to quell the storm. “I think this will continue to be part of the debate unless the president totally changes his position…The more you look at the second statement, the weaker it becomes as it relates to really changing,” Blunt, R-Mo., said in a noon-time speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.
Blunt is being viewed by conservative leaders as prescient given that he introduced a piece of legislation last August called the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, a proposal that grew out of his concern about the reach of the new health insurance law. His bill, which aims to nullify rules like the contraception regulation, has drawn 36 co-sponsors; only one, Ben Nelson, of Nebraska, is a Democrat… Last week, Blunt sought a Senate vote on his legislation but was denied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who advised that participants in the debate need to “calm down.”
Blunt said in his speech today that “Americans don’t need to calm down. This is a debate that is as fundamental as the First Amendment to the Constitution.”… For the immediate future, Blunt promises to speak out frequently while trying to persuade people that this is about religious freedom and matters other than contraception, some of them much larger than any government rule. “This is about who we are going to be as a nation,” Blunt said in his speech. “The president, I think, seems to look at this and other issues like America is like everybody else.”
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