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Obama wants to establish secularism as state religion


MICHAEL GERSON

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2/12/2012

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ABSTRACTGerson: Obama wants to establish secularism as state religion | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News See our newsletters Login/Signup Like us! More social media Follow us! More social media Subscribe to our RSS feeds. Sign up for breaking news, weather alerts and more Search GoErie.com   Search Local Businesses     63 ° More Weather Home News The Latest Erie Times-News Obituaries eEdition Crime Data Central   News Blogs Campaign '12 Public Eye Vital Statistics Weather Erie Area Gun Violence Crawford County Education Pizza Bomber Case     Community   Connection 2011 Year in Review State News U.S./World News Weird News Sign up for e-newsletters Inside Erie Newsletter     Crawford County Lake Erie Moments Sports The Latest Varsity NWPA Outdoors   Sports Blogs Varsity On Campus Extra Innings Scores SeaWolves Otters     Shootout Course Report BayHawks Explosion Golf Guide     Give and Go NWPA Outdoors Runner's Notes Entertainment The Latest Showcase Events Calendar Street View PresqueIsle.org Comics   Entertainment Blogs Street View Presque Isle Dining Nightlife Movies/DVDs/TV Music Theater Fun & Games     RockErie Chew On It Pittsburgh Buffalo Cleveland Ontario Lake Erie Wine Trail Tv Listings     Dr. Rock RockErie St. Patty's Day Roar on the Shore CelebrateErie Rock Erie Music Awards U.S. Brig Niagara   Email Newsletters Weekend Planner Lifestyle The Latest Food Family Faith Columnists   Lifestyle Blogs Her Times Gut Check Motorcycles Health & Wellness Healthy Connections Guide Celebrations Horoscopes Weddings     Shopping   Makeover Cheap in Erie Volunteer Erie Lake Erie Lifestyle Erie Moms & Dads Her Times Lake Erie Wine Trail Dating     Loaves and Dishes Thin it to Win It Email Newsletters Make It Erie Opinion The Latest Your Letters Blogs Editorials Local Columnists Good Morning Business The Latest Erie Inc. Coupon Tips Coupon Saver Markets Erie 2011 Business Blogs Biz Buzz Business Technology Blog Multimedia Photo Galleries Your Photos Video Video Network   Blogs Lake Erie Moments Social Media Lake Erie Moments Outdoor Posters Interactive Graphics Marketplace Classifieds Cars Career Fair Daily Deal Homes Jobs Blogs Sports Varsity On Campus Extra Innings Shootout Junior Varsity Course Report Give and Go NWPA Outdoors Runner's Notes   Entertainment Street View Presque Isle News / Business Campaign '12 Public Eye Community   Connection Crawford County Lake Erie Moments Biz Buzz Business Technology     RockErie Chew On It Lifestyle Her Times Gut Check Shopping   Makeover Cheap in Erie Loaves and Dishes Thin it to Win It Motorcycles Volunteer Erie/a>       Dr. Rock Classifieds Cars Homes Jobs Dating Opinion » Other Opinions   Join our social networks! Published: February 11, 2012 12:01 AM EST Updated: February 10, 2012 9:05 PM EST Gerson: Obama wants to establish secularism as state religion Michael Gerson WASHINGTON -- Some issues fade; others fester. The Obama administration's contraceptive mandate on religious charities, hospitals and universities is the festering kind. The initial reaction concerned the rights of institutions. Catholic organizations naturally resent being forced to buy health insurance that covers sterilization, contraceptives and drugs than can end a pregnancy soon after conception. The Obama administration seems to have calculated that since contraceptives are popular and the Catholic Church is not, the outcry would be isolated. But religious liberty is also popular, given the Constitution and all that. Even those who have no objection to contraception -- the category in which I have repeatedly placed myself -- can be offended when arrogant government officials compel religious institutions to violate the dictates of their conscience. Religious liberty that applies only to doctrines and practices of which we approve means nothing. In this case, however, the main harm Barack Obama has done is not to institutions. It is to the people they serve. The provision of social services in America, and by America abroad, is a partnership between government and religious groups, both of which have advantages. Religious charities are compassionate and trusted by communities. Government has greater re.......