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Contraception, Immigration, and Hypocrisy: New at Reason

When it comes to religious liberty, as with so many other things, many on the left and right are hypocrites, picking and choosing when it applies based on their own personal preference. That’s what issues like contraception mandates and illegal immigration reveal, A. Barton Hinkle writes:

The contraception mandate was imposed through Obamacare and was favored by abortion-rights groups, so opinions fell along predictable lines. Conservatives defended the right of devout employers to exemption…

Liberals argued that companies had no business forcing their religious views down employees’ throats, and that letting them do so would set a dangerous precedent…

And then everybody switched.

Well, maybe not everybody— generalizations are dangerous. But plenty of people on the right started sounding like leftists, and plenty of those on the left started sounding like rightists. Why?

Illegal immigration.

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Apple Refuses to Build iPhone ‘Backdoor,’ South Dakota Passes Bathroom Bill, No Gluten-Free Meals in Ted Cruz’s Army: A.M. Links

  • Apple will refuse a federal court order saying it must unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. “We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has “asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.” 
  • Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.
  • Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren’t that fazed by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate. 
  • Celebrities take selfies in refugee blankets. You know, for art.
  • “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers. 
  • The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. 
  • A former student at the University of Montana has been awarded $245,000 over the university’s “unfair and biased” rape investigation.
  • Carnegie Mellon researchers have attempted to quantify the amount of sex-trafficking that takes place around major events such as the Super Bowl. To do so, they classified every online escort ad stating “new to town” or “first appearance” as an obvious sex slave. 

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