FRCBlog.comby Rob Schwarzwalder August 22, 2012
Law professor John Inazu writes in USA Today that when it comes to the Obama contraception mandate, â€œThe legal challenges implicate an interest that all of us â€” Catholics and evangelicals, religious and non-religious â€” should value and safeguard: the right of private groups to dissent from the prevailing state orthodoxy.â€
His wonderfully descriptive phrase â€“ â€œprevailing state orthodoxyâ€ â€“ is saddening. In a republic where personal virtue is the foundation of our political order, and which rests, in Michael Novakâ€™s wonderful phrase, â€œon two wingsâ€ â€“ biblical revelation and natural law, law that is self-evident and accessible to everyone â€“ the idea of there being a â€œstate orthodoxyâ€ is jarring. Yet such orthodoxy exists, which is why the Obama Administration is insisting that Evangelicals and Catholics cast away their consciences (we wonâ€™t, by the way).
When the federal government steps in to mandate that persons with reasonable, historic, and deeply held moral convictions must violate them in order to comply with a state dictate, Christians must echo the words of Peter in Acts 5:29: â€œWe must obey God rather than men.â€ Read More: http://www.frcblog.com/2012/08/state-orthodoxy-and-the-conscience/