Jake Tapper reports:
With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.
The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.
Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.
One source familiar with the decision described the accommodation as “Hawaii-plus,” insisting that it’s better than the Hawaii plan — for both sides.
Using the jargon of accommodation is incorrect because it obscures the fact that in our country, religious freedom is a negative liberty. We are guaranteed that our religious practice is free from interference by others, up to and including President Obama. He has no more authority to "accommodate" my religious liberty than I have to "accommodate" his.
It's also worth noting the troubles caused by couching this as an HHS v. Catholic bishops issue. When an attack on religious liberty is accommodated, it hurts everyone. I couldn't give a flying fig if the Catholics sign off on this since it wouldn't protect individual conscience. This is not about Team Obama and Team Catholic working out a compromise. This is about an attack on religious liberty.