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ABSTRACTHealth mandate vs. religion - BostonHerald.com Home News & Opinion Sports Entertainment Business Inside Track Blogs Photos & Video Obituaries Features   State Payroll (2011) MBTA Payroll (2011) Boston Payroll (2011) Massport Payroll (2011) School Discipline Reports (2009-10) MTRS Payroll (2011) MWRA Payroll (2010) MEFA Payroll (2010) MTC Payroll (2009) Half Price Boston   Classifieds   Jobfind Homefind Carfind Business Directory Extras   Local Coverage Local Politics Columnists Opinion National Election 2012 International Offbeat News Obituaries  Log in    |    Register    Tue, April 3, 2012 55° F    |    Traffic Follow Us SEARCH: Past 14 days Archives   Home   News & Opinion   Opinion   Op-Ed Health mandate vs. religion By Scott Brown Friday, February 17, 2012 - Updated 2 months ago E-mail    Print    (76) Comments    Text size  Share   R epublicans and Democrats don’t come together nearly enough these days, and when we do it’s usually because of something we all recognize as clearly out of line. It takes a really bad idea to reveal our shared convictions on issues bigger than politics. That is the case with the new mandate from the Obama administration requiring religious organizations to offer insurance coverage for practices that go against the teachings of their church, violate the tenets of their faith and step on their constitutional protections. Basically the government is saying, “Just do what you’re told, and leave the moral questions to us.” This runs against religious liberty, the Constitution, the consciences of millions of Americans and the independent spirit of Massachusetts. We don’t take well to imperious commands from Washington, and if we meekly submit to this mandate, you can be sure that a lot more will follow.   The article you requested has been archived   All coverage within BostonHerald.com from the last 7 days remains free of charge . Articles do not always include original photos, charts or graphics. » Click here to search for this article within the archive (76) Comments  |  Post / Read Comments SHARE:   Next Article in Op-Ed: Rent control an injustice to landlords Advertisement Related Articles US Sen. Scott Brown.......