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  • Thousands More Oppose Obamacare Mandate's Religious Liberty Violations

    More than 2,500 Christian leaders have signed a letter opposing Obamcare’s anti-conscience mandate. The letter’s release adds to the most recent furor over the rule’s blatant violation of religious liberty and decries the mandate’s coercion of religious employers to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization regardless of moral or religious objections to such services.

    The letter, sponsored by the Family Research Council, explains:

    Our country was founded on certain freedoms, the first of which is the freedom of religion. The ability of a religious person to follow their conscience without fearing government intervention has long been a protected right for Americans. It is unfathomable to picture a country that would deny religious freedoms.

    The letter takes issue with the mandate’s offensively narrow religious exemption that affords a protection of religious liberty only to formal houses of worship—excluding may religious employers like hospitals, schools, and social service organizations. Perhaps most insulting is the Administration’s insinuation that religious belief is merely a private affair that should stay locked behind church doors.

    As Richard Land, signatory of the letter and president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, explained at a press conference announcing the release of the letter: “[The mandate] is part of an attempt to atrophy, to nullify, to confine and constrain, and to emasculate and neuter religious freedom down to freedom of worship.”

    Increasing attempts to privatize religion, relegating faith to worship services and personal thoughts, disregard the important role faith plays in public life and ignores the work that many faith-based institutions do in sustaining civil society. “What our forefathers protected is freedom of conscience, freedom of religion,” Land continued. “That is—the freedom to propagate our faith, to take our faith outside the walls of our home, outside the walls of our church.”

    A narrowing view of religion that refuses to protect faith-based organizations’ ability to act in accordance with deeply held beliefs—the same beliefs that spur them to action in the first place—undermines a robust protection of religious liberty.

    As Heritage’s Ryan Messmore writes:

    Religious freedom is not just for churches. For many individuals and organizations, losing the ability to abide by their religious convictions in carrying out their work imperils their religious identity. It also threatens the effectiveness of their work and the services they provide for those in need. A more comprehensive, robust conception of religion is an important anchor for vigorous, wide-ranging religious freedom—freedom not merely to believe or teach certain doctrines, but to live out one’s faith in all aspects of life.

    The letter’s 2,500 signatories join an ever-expanding list of individuals and organizations from diverse faith backgrounds who have denounced the mandate’s assault on religious liberty. Just this week, the Alliance Defense Fund filed two lawsuits against the Obama Administration on behalf of Geneva College, a small Pennsylvania school affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, and Louisiana College, a Southern Baptist school.

    Despite the assertions of some pundits and politicians who herald the mandate as supporting “women’s health,” many women have also voiced opposition to the rule’s serious infringement of religious freedom.

    Helen Alvaré, associate professor of law at George Mason University, and Kim Daniels, former counsel at the Thomas More Law Center, also released a letter this week signed by more than 750 women in opposition to the anti-conscience mandate. The letter’s bipartisan signatories are as diverse as they are numerous, including businesswomen, writers, lawyers, professors, nurses, teachers, and many others.

    “No one speaks for all women on these issues,” the letter states. “Those who purport to do so are simply attempting to deflect attention from the serious religious liberty issues currently at stake.”

    On February 27, Heritage will host Women Speak Out: Obamacare Tramples on Religious Liberty. A panel of women will discuss how religious freedom is an early casualty in Obamacare’s collision course with freedom and why protecting religious liberty, specifically, and individual freedom, generally, requires the repeal of Obamacare.

    Join us Monday at 2 p.m. (EST) for the event or watch it live online.

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    11 Responses to Thousands More Oppose Obamacare Mandate's Religious Liberty Violations

    1. Richard says:

      Go, Girls, Go…let them hear your voices! Say NO to required anti pro life services by religious owned organizations, and say NO to funding those same services through your insurance premiums paid to the insurance cos.

    2. Mariana says:

      This controversy was clearly manufactured by the henchmen in the Obama media in order to demonize GOP candidates with strong religious beliefs (Santorum- Catholic& Romney-Mormon) as well as the conservative base who supports them or any other candidate with similar beliefs. It is nothing more than another vicious attack against religion by humanist/secularist/atheists who consider religion an obstacle to their goals to remove all traces of religion from our lives. It is also a distration from issues which threaten the very survival of the country, such as a President who has assumed DICTATORIAL powers and a Congress who has WILLINGLY and PASSIVELY yielded its constitutional authority to make laws to this DICTATOR-President.

    3. Mic Lawler says:

      Good to see, hope other Christians will join them. It's been a slippery slope downward especially after the advent of Political Correctness and it's domination of our language and culture through our own cowardess and passivity. Hopefully we (Christians and all Americans) will win this battle but it is just the beginning ! There is so much that needs to be taken back !

    4. Charles Horn says:

      I suppose its a bit arbitrary where i post, so here is good enough. I say, ROCK ON heritage People! Keep up you perspective and your campaigns! Push harder to have your views reflected in public policy!

      I love you guys. Why? Because i am canadian, and the weaker you get the stronger we get. We love it when you spend trillions on futile wars where you get your ass handed to you by afghans or Vietnamese; we love your complete failure to regulate your financial sector; we think its hikarious when your bizzare paranoia of effective public services means you spend 405 more than we do on health services; and best, when your unfathomable electoral system funnels staggering sums of money into campaign finances.

      Keep it up, please please please!!!!! We beg you not to change! Not only is is better for us, but it makes for great comedy! Whenever I am down, I just watch Rick Santorum or newt, and I instantly feel better. Long live the Republican party!

      • Bobbie says:

        the democratic party themselves are the ones exploiting women and issues at tax payers expense. The people running the democratic party have lost their purpose, frantically using anything they can find in direct conflict of their expected duties to pretend they have one (purpose.)

        Religious liberties is one thing but for government to interfere in self governing issues has GOT TO STOP!!! It wasn't that long ago when it was the man that provided the protection because it was the man that inherently took responsibility (it is his seed) to the result of the combined act of sex. Of course, that was when men were men. When America was "home of the brave" now and prominently under the American President Obama is "home of the protected classes." How unfortunately conflicting and offensive to the good of America and all Americans!!

    5. Pete says:

      My question is… Who is going to pay to unravel the mess created during the Obama administration? It is a moral crime for the Taxpayer to have to pay for the insult and then to pay to repair the injury.

    6. Ronald Beeckman says:

      I'm surprised that we don't hear even more uproar over this. This is totally unconstitutional. Our rights are under attack by this president. This issue, to me, is THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF OUR TIME, even more than the economy, jobs, or anything else! What kind of sane person can agree with this policy?

    7. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Over 390 years ago one of my ancestors sailed from Plymouth England to the New World to expand his business (a Merchant) he was one of the ones financing the voyage, they took some people from a leaking ship "Speedwell" and brought them here, those from the "speedwell" were leaving England due to religious persecution. Another Ancestor left Caen, France some 60 yrs later, he brought with him a 12 YO son,this to avoid religious persecution. The son has left his mark with over 50,000 descendents that we know of today. St. Mary's Maryland as settled by Catholics, same reason, now we have a President who tells the Church that he will make Mandates and contridict the rulings from Rome, seems he has appointed himself over the Pope. Well I for one will not obey him, he's not fit to sit in the WH and am waiting for someone to prove the conspiritacy that put him there. Let's return to being the country all these brave people fought and died for and to the rules set forth in the "Bill of Rights" and Constitution.

    8. allen says:

      Just WAIT when this president is reelected he is going to show every one that you do not mess with the President . He is so smart by putting all these bills and appointments up and Harry got them passed you will not be able to cancel all of them. The next five years He will show you how he is going to run this country. So get used to it, and accept what we want, now its our turn to be in charge and see if you like it…..

    9. Arista Lueck says:

      No matter what your view on abortion, our rights are at stake. Important read.

    10. I hate to say this but from the first I had bad feelings about President Obama. We have long felt that he got to be President by hiding where he was born and spending mucho money to do so. I felt he might be the Anti-Christ. I was hoping I was wrong but it's not looking good right now. I pray every day that God will soften his heart, open his eyes and ears to Jesus Christ. I've seen what taking away our right to worship in schools-just look at what Rachel's father has to say on Netflix at a Baptist Church. Those students were evil and they planned to kill other Christian students for over one year, doing a video of what they were going to do and picking out victims to shoot. That's what happens when you take God out of schools. There is more and more violence these days due to people not believing in a higher power-God and Jesus Christ. Yet the President gave the Muslims their own day of worship while taking ours away. We need to stand up for our rights and pray Jesus will be coming soon. REMEMBER WHO'S IN CONTROL OF OUR WORLD AND……IT'S NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA OR THE DEVIL-IT'S DEFINITELY IN GOD'S CAPABLE HANDS. We must not panic but we must stand up and be counted. We must let our Congressmen know how we feel either by emailing them, calling them or writing them. We must broadcast this all over the Internet. God bless our America which was founded on religious freedom!

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