Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been paying attention to this whole Rush Limbaugh dust-up. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, then you no doubt know why. I believe it is an urgent priority to sound the alarm about President Obama’s HHS mandate.
The mandate is perhaps the single biggest challenge to religious liberty in the history of our republic. And yet the American public by and large seems to be unaware of this. Americans seem to have accepted the narrative that this is about women’s rights and contraception.
Yet, no party to this debate is arguing that contraceptives should be outlawed or that women shouldn’t have access to them. The debate is over who should pay for them. It is a violation of free exercise to require conscientious employers to foot the bill for services they abhor.
But that is not what the public thinks. Very few people know that the HHS mandate tramples the free exercise clause of the first amendment. It’s actually pretty scary when you consider how effective the left has been in spinning the single greatest threat to religious liberty in our lifetimes. And Limbaugh seems to have played right into their spin machine. That is why I care about this.
Limbaugh offered a full-throated apology on his program today, and I am grateful that he did. But again, I think the damage has been done. We were already playing from behind in the court of public opinion, and now we are further back than ever as a result of Limbaugh’s remarks. I don’t think his apology today changes that.