Hattip to Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report. Eric Metaxas, biographer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Protestant minister and theologian martyred by the Nazis, compares the contraceptive mandate to steps taken by the Nazis against the churches in the thirties.
“I met the president. I gave him a copy of my book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which he said he’s going to read,” Metaxas said during the interview. “In that book, you read about what happened to an amazingly great country called Germany…”
“In the beginning, it always starts really, really small. We need to understand as Americans — if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand — if you’re not a Catholic, if you use contraception — doesn’t matter. Because eventually, this kind of government overreach will affect you.”
Metaxas is no nutty fringe character, but rather a serious scholar. I agree with his analysis. The contraceptive mandate has aroused a storm of opposition and well it should. The contraceptive mandate is a terrible infringement on religious liberty and frightening for what it could portend.