Religious Freedom and the Conservative Quest for Absolute Truth
When the Obama administration declared that employees of Catholic institutions must have contraception covered in their health plans (before the presidentâ€™s deft backtracking compromise), one group of religious Americans stood firmly opposed to Obamaâ€™s original position.
No, it wasnâ€™t Catholics. Despite the bishopsâ€™ howls of protest, poll after poll showed Catholics supporting the administrationâ€™s new rule. The opposition came from white evangelical Protestants, who stood against Obama by a whopping margin of 56 percent to 38 percent. Protestants take a stronger stand than Catholics against birth control? Curious, to say the least.