The right to say no is a powerful force in America's history.
Government may not compel conscience. Pacifists can conscientiously object to military service. Students cannot be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag.
The power of no launched America. Some dissenters from the Church of England crossed an ocean to worship, raise children and form communities freely according to the dictates of conscience.
Four hundred years later, the right to say no to government is in peril. Religious groups have been forced to go to court to ensure the federal government will let their no be no. They seek, simply, to protect the religious freedom that all Americans have enjoyed to this point…
The religious liberty principle at stake in the conflict over the HHS mandate is central to the First Amendment of the Constitution and to America's earliest purposes. It is the right—and responsibility—to say no to an overbearing government that disregards conscience.