In 1960, many Americans resisted a Catholic president, fearing de facto rule by the pope.
In 2012, conservatives fear President Barack Obama has declared war on the Catholic Church, and the Catholic bishops are telling the president what he can and cannot do. What happened? When did it become appropriate for a religion to dictate governmental policy in America?
It appears the problem is a preventive medicine issue, specifically contraception, which prevents pregnancy, prevents abortion and prevents the deaths of women for whom pregnancy is dangerous. Never mind that it secondarily helps prevent other societal problems. What is it about these things that the bishops don't like, these insulated, aging, celibate men? Is this who we want making medical choices for women?
What don't people understand about the separation of church and state? The foundation of the doctrine is described in the First Amendment to the Constitution, and further enumerated by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in establishing the concept of separation of church and state. The Supreme Court has reinforced that concept at least 25 times.
What I see today is not an attack on the Catholic Church, but an attack on the principles of our Constitution and an attempt by the religious right to compromise and co-opt the running of our country.
Our president is not warring against any church. He is preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. I do not want any church to dictate policy in my country. And neither should you.