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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday that religious liberty has never been attacked as much as it has been during the Obama Administration.

Citing the requirement that even religious employers must provide contraception for their employees -- the issue at stake in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case -- Cruz said the "assault" on religious freedom is unprecedented.

"Religious liberty's never been more under assault," Cruz said in a speech at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian college.

Cruz added that the fines being levied against the Little Sisters of the Poor Catholic nuns for declining to provide contraception go against the founding principles of the United States.

"For a nation that was founded by Pilgrims fleeing religious oppression, how through the looking glass have we gone that the federal government is now litigating against our citizens, trying to force us to violate our faith," Cruz said.