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American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Samuel Gregg

Posted on 05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed.

Who would have thought that the welfare state’s expansion in the guise of Obamacare—which, by definition, significantly reduces economic freedom—would directly impact the ability of individuals and groups to conduct their affairs in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs? This, however, is precisely the reality confronting us.

Most people are used to thinking of religious liberty as a prerequisite for political freedom. But religious freedom doesn’t just concern our role as citizens in the public square. Religious liberty also concerns our freedom to choose in numerous non-political aspects of our lives, ranging from whether we attend church on a given day of the week, to what we choose to purchase.

Unjust restrictions on religious liberty often come in the form of limiting the ability of members of particular faiths to participate fully in public life. Catholics in the England of Elizabeth I and James I, for instance, were gradually stripped of most of their civil and political rights because of their refusal to conform to the established Church.

The assault on their freedom, however, went beyond this. Perhaps even more damaging was the attack on their economic liberty. This came in the form of crippling fines being levied on recalcitrant Catholics by governments short on revenue, not to mention restrictions on Catholics’ ability to own and use their property as they saw fit.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economicfreedom; firstamendment; freedom; hobbylobby; liberty; religiousfreedom; rights

1 posted on 05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Freedom is freedom. Who knew?!

2 posted on 05/08/2014 10:48:03 AM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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