Rick Santorum: Obama Is Forcing Catholics To Sin

President Obama is “directly assaulting” religious freedoms and is forcing Catholics to sin. Well, that’s the claim that Rick Santorum made on Wednesday.

Santorum did not specify what government programs were forcing Catholics to sin, but, during his presidential run earlier this year, the former GOP candidate frequently talked about how Obamacare mandates that all employers provide insurance plans that cover contraceptives.

Santorum said:

“We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly assaulting the First Amendment and freedom of religion… He is going to tell you what to do in the practice of your faith. He is forcing business people right now to do things that are against their conscience, that they will have to – if you’re a Catholic – you’ll have to go to confession … to confess that you are complying with a government program that is a sin in the Catholic Church.”

NBC notes that Santorum gave his speech while he was stumping for Mitt Romney in Ohio. Santorum, who used the Catholic faith and the freedom of religion as main talking points during his campaign, said that Romney would work to protect the religious freedoms that President Obama seems so intent on destroying.

But according to the Huffington Post, there are some holes in Santorum’s argument that Obamacare is forcing Catholics to sin. For one, a recent study showed that 98 percent of sexually active women at child-bearing age have used contraceptives. Mitt Romney also enforced a similar mandate in Massachusetts that required Catholic hospitals to dispense emergency contraceptives for rape victims.

What do you think? Do you agree with Rick Santorum? Is President Obama forcing Catholics to sin?