Over at National Review Online, Father Robert Barron has, as usual, a perceptive take on what the HHS Mandate means:
The secularist state wants Catholicism off the public stage and relegated to a private realm where it cannot interfere with secularism’s totalitarian agenda. I realize that in using that particular term, I’m dropping a rhetorical bomb, but I am not doing so casually. A more tolerant liberalism allows, not only for freedom of worship, but also for real freedom of religion, which is to say, the expression of religious values in the public square and the free play of religious ideas in the public conversation. Most of our founding fathers advocated just this type of liberalism. But there is another modality of secularism — sadly on display in the current administration — that is actively aggressive toward religion, precisely because it sees religion as its primary rival in the public arena.
Go here to read the brilliant rest. This fight is all about whether the Obama administration can impose their beliefs on America through government edict and run roughshod over the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights. This is an administration that has nothing but contempt for the traditional American respect for the liberty of the individual.