Ryan: Obama threatens the values of Western civilization

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, November 5, 2012 17:25 EDT
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday claimed that the policies of President Barack Obama endangered the values long upheld by Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition.

“It’s a dangerous path. It’s a path that grows government, restricts freedom and liberty and compromises those values, those Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place,” the Republican vice presidential candidate said during a conference call with evangelical Christians.

A spokesperson for Ryan told the New York Times that the congressman was alluding to the so-called contraception mandate. The new Health & Human Services Department rule requires most employers to provide their employees with health insurance plans that cover contraceptive drugs and devices.

Churches and some other religious institutions are exempt from the rule. However, critics of the contraception mandate claim that requiring Catholic employers to provide contraception to their employees is a violation of religious liberty.

The Obama administration offered a compromise in February, exempting religious employers from having to provide contraception by shifting the cost to insurance companies. But the compromise was rejected by conservatives and many leading Catholics.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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