Rand Paul says Obama should apologize to Pope Francis for Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

The Kentucky senator thinks the president should promise not to spy on Francis, too VIDEO

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 Rand Paul says Obama should apologize to Pope Francis for Obamacare's contraceptive mandateU.S. Sen. Rand Paul (Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul offered some advice to President Obama in regards to his upcoming meeting with Pope Francis.

“He ought to explain to the pope why he is telling businesses in America they can’t remain true to their faith and stay in business,” Paul said.

“The ‘Hobby Lobby’ case is being discussed [at the Supreme Court] today,” Paul continued, “and I think it’s important that he tell the leader of the Catholic Church why he thinks that businesses owned by Catholics can’t make their own decisions with regard to health care.”

After misrepresenting the Hobby Lobby case, Paul went on to agree with a prior comment from the Vatican’s chief justice, Cardinal Raymond Burke, to the effect that the Obama administration was “hostile toward Christian civilization.”

“I think it is something that really should be discussed in our country,” Paul said. “Most of us, whether you’re Republican or Democrat, believe … in free exercise of your religion. But if they’re telling you that your tax dollars have to go to something you find morally reprehensible, I think that’s not free exercise of religion.”

Near the end of the interview, Paul cracked a joke about the president’s surveillance programs, saying that Obama should “tell the pope he’s not going to spy on him anymore.”

You can watch Paul talk about all the ways Obama’s failed Pope Francis below, via Politico:



Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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