Bill Moyers - Freedom Of and From Religion

As we've seen before, the Obama administration mandate that tax-exempt and government-funded religious institutions make contraceptives available to their employees, should the latter choose to use them, has resulted in outcries of religious persecution on the part of churches and political conservatives hoping to score political points.

In moments like these, it's always a good idea to pay attention to what cooler and reasonable heads make of the situation, and what more fair-minded person can one think of than Bill Moyers?

In the following short essay, Moyers makes the right case: the first Amendment to the Bill of Rights, or what Jefferson referred to as the wall of separation between church and state, guarantees both freedom of religion, as well as freedom from religion. No one can impose their beliefs on you, but by exactly the same reasoning, neither should you be allowed to impose your beliefs on the rest of us.

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