The left argues this type of talk from the right is paranoia. The Rush Limbaugh flap provided the Administration with some brief cover on the religious liberty issue. With that now but a speck in the rear view mirror the issue is back and it's co-mingled with what now should be(if Mitt Romney will cease it) the issue in November; Obamacare. Here is the heart of the argument:
The Supreme Court has left standing the Affordable Care Act. There remain 23 lawsuits pending in 14 states and the District of Columbia, with a total of 56 plaintiffs arguing against the HHS mandate as an infringement of the American understanding and practice of religious liberty. That mandate springs from a new principle that, if not refuted, would lead from precedent to precedent toward the full domination of religion by the federal state.
Madison emphasized this threat at the very beginning: “it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”
The most important Independence Day of our lifetime?