Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum claims that the Obama administration is forcing Catholics to sin, primarily with its health care law.
At a campaign event for Mitt Romney, Santorum said that the President "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."
"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."
He was referring to Obamacare (a.k.a. the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) requiring most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception.
Claiming that President Obama forces Catholics to violate their faith, a common talking point among some Republicans, is a tough sell for several reasons: