Romney ad: Obama has declared ‘war on religion’

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The day after the Obama campaign used noted contraception activist Sandra Fluke to reignite conversation about the alleged Republican “war on women,” Mitt Romney is accusing the Obama administration of declaring “war on religion.”

A new Romney ad, titled “Be Not Afraid,” points to the president’s health care law as a threat to religious liberty and focuses on Romney’s July 31 trip to Poland, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.

“Who shares your values?” the narrator asks over text citing an op-ed titled “Obama Insurance Decision Declares War on Religion.”

“President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith,” says the ad.

“Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong,” the ad’s narrator continues, followed by video of Romney’s speech in Warsaw, Poland.


“[I]n 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire: ‘Be not afraid,’” Romney says.

“When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?” the narrator asks over text reading “Endorsed by Lech Walesa,” president of Poland in the 1990s and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The apparent play for Catholic voters does not delve into the Obama administration’s mandate that employers provide insurance plans covering contraceptives or the allegations of a Republican “war on women.”

Romney on Wednesday announced the launch of the Women for Mitt Coalition.

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