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Obama Order Angers Religious Groups

Item: Contraception mandate outrages religious groups: Religious groups that oppose the new contraception mandate say it forces people of faith to choose between upholding church doctrine and serving the broader society/Associated Press

More Info: The Obama administration's decision requiring church-affiliated employers to cover birth control was bound to cause an uproar among Roman Catholics and members of other faiths, no matter their beliefs on contraception. The regulation, finalized a week ago, raises a complex and sensitive legal question: Which institutions qualify as religious and can be exempt from the mandate? For a church, mosque or synagogue, the answer is mostly straightforward. But for the massive network of religious-run social-service agencies, there is no simple solution.

Question: Did President Obama make a serious misstep in his bid to win re-election by forcing this contraception mandate on religious groups like the nation's Roman Catholics?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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