Owners of the Chicago Bears hosted religious leaders and politicians Sunday at the team’s practice facility, where speakers lamented the “eroding freedom to speak in the language of faith in the public square.”

The Reclaiming Religious Liberty Leadership Summit included Roman Catholic, Muslim and Jewish speakers, an Air Force officer and two politicians (one Democrat, one Republican.)

Patrick McCaskey, the Bears’ senior director of special projects, also addressed the crowd at its training facility in Lake Forest, serenading them with a religious liberty-themed rendition of “Bear Down, Chicago Bears.”

Concerns about the federal government’s mandate that some religious institutions offer health insurance policies that cover their employees’ contraceptives and its implications for religious freedom aren’t new. Dozens of Catholic organizations have sued the federal government, arguing that the rule would force them to either stop serving non-Catholics or contradict the Vatican’s teachings.

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