After months of escalating tension with government agencies over restrictions on expressions of faith, a nationwide event celebrating the importance of the Constitution’s protections for religion is underway. Launched on Thursday and culminating in a public bell-ringing on Independence Day, the “Fortnight for Freedom” is intended to rally individuals across faith backgrounds in a show of support for religious liberty.
The Heritage Foundation has published an article with a dozen ideas for participating in this celebration. The organization notes, “Religious freedom is the cornerstone of the American experiment, yet it is increasingly under attack. That’s why many Americans are joining the Fortnight for Freedom by spending the two weeks prior to the Fourth of July (June 21–July 4) expressing their gratitude for religious freedom and demanding greater protection of this cherished right.”
In acute focus during this “Fortnight” is the controversy over the HHS mandate for coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs under The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." The Supreme Court decision on “Obamacare,” expected next week, may or may not nullify this particular threat. However, it is only the most prominent of a number of similar clashes.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations