Due to the holiday, I am not posting today, but I wanted to call attention to an article in yesterday's Washington Post by E.J. Dionne about the conscience exemptions for religious institutions.
E.J. is right that failure to expand the exemption will play into the hands of those conservative Catholics who would not be satisfied with President Obama if he had been at Mount Tabor for the Transfiguration. But, just as importantly, failure to expand the conscience exemptions plays into a GOP talking-point about Democrats being hostile to religion.
Either way, the President should do the right thing on this and expand the conscience exemption to include the employees of religious institutions and students at religious colleges and universities.