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Romney On Religious Freedom and Obama’s Attack on the Catholic Church

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My Townhall.com column today focuses on Mitt Romney going on offense on the president’s decision to take work out of welfare.

This morning Romney continued to take the campaign to Obama by releasing a new ad on his commitment to religious freedom:

Romney and I discussed this issue on yesterday’s show:

HH: Two last questions, Governor. I’m talking with Bishop Lori of Baltimore a little bit later about these HHS regulations which attacked Roman Catholics’ ability to practice their faith. If you’re president, will you withdraw those regulations?

MR: Absolutely. One of the, I mean, the first right in America is the right to religious freedom. And religious tolerance has been part of America’s culture from our Constitution and Declaration of Independence days. And the idea that the President would impose on the Catholic Church actions which are contrary to the teachings of the Church is simply wrong, and it’s a violation of Constitutional principles, in my view. It’s the wrong course to take. I will defend religious liberty. And religious tolerance, religious liberty, they are part of the grounding of America, and I will defend them.

There is nothing but upside in this area of sharp contrast between the two candidates. Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews and everyone who practices their faith need to know that Mitt Romney will call off the feds who have been intruding on many aspects of their religious practice to the extent that even the Supreme Court in Hosanna Tabor this year voted 9-0 against the Obama Administration’s EEOC and Department of Justice. The new HHS regulations are another manifestation of patently unconstitutional assault on religious freedom, and Romney ought to be denouncing them at every stop.

For more on this topic, see my conversation with Baltimore Archbishop William Lori from yesterday’s program.

UPDATE: Jen Rubin reports that some conservatives are upset about transition team appointments. Sheesh. Last week other conservatives were upset that Romney didn’t fly back from Poland to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Look. One of two people will be president in five months. The future of the country hangs in the balance. Romney is running a disciplined, well-managed and very well-executed campaign that refuses to be thrown off plan by MSM stories or conservative “look at me!” complaints. Conservative critics of Romney concerned with their own jobs and office locations in a mythical Romney Administration should wake up to the fact that even their fellow hard-core conservatives think them childish. There’s an election in 88 days and they want attention?


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