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A Red State Rebuke to Religious Fear-Mongering

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The right-wing messaging machine assembled by Republican stalwarts and their conservative allies to defeat President Obama and the Democrats in 2012 has for more than a year been carefully constructing a campaign to gin up fears that the Obama administration is mounting a war on "religious freedom." It's part of a broader project of raising concerns that might break loose economically populist but socially conservative voters in the swing states that will decide whether President Obama is re-elected. But the voters of North Dakota -- not exactly a bastion of anticlericalism -- have offered evidence that this cynical gaming of the age old debate over chuch-state relations might not get much traction.

A statewide referendum designed to create sweeping new exemptions for religious activity in secular life -- based on the precept that "government may not burden a person's or religious organization's religious liberty" -- was soundly rejected by the red state's voters Tuesday.

North Dakotans defeated the referendum by a vote of 107,186 to 60,129.

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"We are grateful North Dakotans did the right thing and rejected this unnecessary and potentially dangerous measure," announced Tom Fiebiger, a Fargo-based civil rights attorney who chaired the remarkable grassroots campaign that beat the proposal, North Dakotans Against Measure 3.

Among the many concerns raised by the group was that the measure, if enacted, would allow those charged with domestic violence to claim that their religion allowed them to "discipline" spouses and children. Another concern, acknowledged by groups on both sides of the North Dakota debate, was what the Planned Parenthood Action Fund referred to as the intention of Measure 3 sponsors to "eviscerate key protections built into the Affordable Care Act, including protections from the Obama administration that ensure Americans get adequate coverage for essential health services and coverage of preventive services without a co-pay. The ballot initiative was aimed squarely at the birth control benefit."

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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

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