President Obama’s Campaign for Leviathan

For First Things, Patrick J. Deneen writes about the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, which “requires many religious institutions to offer contraception through existing health care plans.” Deneen finds that the administration has overstepped its power by meddling in the actions of religious institutions. “This narrative seems plausible to many,” writes Deneen, “because we have been deeply shaped and trained to associate the word ‘liberty’ with the freedom of individuals ‘to pursue their own ends’—requiring, among other things, the liberation of recreational sex from any consequences—and not the rights, privileges, immunities and liberties of groups, societies, associations, even a corpus mysticum like the Church.” 

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