By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
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Friedrich Nietzsche famously announced the death of God more than a century ago. Scholars and sociologists alike have been trying to prove him right — or wrong — ever since. Regardless of religious affiliation, just about everyone agrees that God has been on the wane in the West for quite some time.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate has reopened the contraception debate. While the mandate violates religious freedom by requiring religious employers to offer insurance coverage for contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations, its fundamental justification rests on a moral and social issue: the desirability of the widespread use of contraception.
In her latest book "The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death and Atheism," Hoover Institution fellow Mary Eberstadt satirizes atheism via a series of letters written by a convert to atheism, a young woman who goes by "A.F. (A Former) Christian."
Sifting through the hypotheses for God's demise put forward by scholars from Sigmund Freud to Karl Marx to Max Weber, Mrs. Eberstadt argues that "scrutiny of these theories points beyond them to this conclusion: whatever else has happened in the world, the projected diminishment of the Christian God appears either not to have happened for exactly the reasons it was supposed to, or not on the timeline that was set for it — or both."
Comparing the relationship between the two to the structure of DNA, Mrs. Eberstadt writes, "Family and faith are the invisible double helix of society — two spirals that when linked to one another can effectively reproduce, but whose strength and momentum depend on one another."