Yes, I can see how it would seem odd - they are referring to the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution (part of the Bill of Rights) that guarantees freedom of religion, which for the first time and to the great shock of many Americans who never thought they would live to see this day, is under attack from its own government. The HHS mandate (ridiculous word, that, since they cannot mandate anything that goes against the Constitution which is the highest law in the land) intends to force Catholic institutions to pay for health insurance that includes contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs.
it is like the US government ordering by ‘mandate’ that from now on all Jewish delicatessens must sell ham sandwiches so people are given full sandwich options, even though they can just go down the street to another non-Jewish deli and get a ham sandwich.
“The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.”
The actual text:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
President Lincoln warned that the danger to the US does not lie in foreign enemies; the danger lies within, and he was oh so right.
In the US, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are sacrosanct.
God bless you.