Proponents of Obamacare's contraception mandate warn that if religious employers can opt out of paying for contraception, what's to keep any employer from claiming a conscientious objection to all Obamacare (or other) mandates? Nothing, hopes Sheldon Richman. Religious people who oppose contraception are not the only people with rights against the government. No one should be subjected to government mandates. The only thing any of us can be legitimately required to do is abstain from initiating force and fraud against others. Enforceable decrees that go beyond that simple prohibition violate our rights and have no place in a civil society.