by Dr. D ~ February 11th, 2012
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The reaction to Obama’s contraceptive ‘compromise’ has been quick, decisive, and quite negative among religious leaders. I posted my initial reactions yesterday and if nothing else I am even more critical of the Obama plan today.
First of all here’s the US Catholic Bishops’ response to Obama’s new proposal. They are calling for new legislation from the Congress to reign in the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty.
Now here’s a sample of some of the reaction in the Evangelical community. First from the Baptist Press:
Here’s a couple of notable quotes from the article:
-From Richard Land (SBC leader):
"It is an attempt to deal with a matter of religious conviction with an accounting gimmick."
"This administration has shown a very disturbing trend of when religious freedoms collide with sexual rights, sexual rights trump religious convictions every time. If the insurance company is forced to provide the coverage, the insurance company is going to pass the cost on to the person paying for the insurance — us."
-From O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Recourses (GuideStone provides health care coverage for SBC ministries):
an "approach that does not address the issues at hand for Southern Baptists who oppose so-called contraceptives that can and do cause an abortion."
"The President’s statement today is an insulting affront illustrating a basic lack of understanding that this issue will not be solved by sleight-of-hand word games. It is a fundamental matter of religious liberty that threatens the very coverage of those dedicated persons who serve our churches and affiliated organizations. GuideStone will never depart from the core convictions it has held dear for decades…”
“He showed a total lack of awareness of self-funded insurance programs like GuideStone. … GuideStone cannot comply with this, because GuideStone would be forced to pay for abortifacients, which we find unconscionable."
The article also quotes R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. However here is a link to an entire article by Dr. Mohler on this issue where he rightly defines it as a challenge to religious liberty:
Here’s a response from CitizenLink -a Focus on the Family affiliate:
Now here’s an article on the issue from the premier evangelical magazine- Christianity today:
In the article, pastor Rick Warren is quoted:
"I’m not a Catholic but I stand in 100% solidarity with my brothers & sisters to practice their belief against govt pressure," Rick Warren tweeted. "I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a govement [sic] mandate that violates what God commands us to do. Would you? Acts 5:29."
Then from Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty:
"From what we’ve seen so far is, this is not a compromise. It looks more like a political decision to quell the issue before the election."
Response: So there you have it. Most religious leaders in the Catholic and even the evangelical community consider the ‘compromise’ to be nothing of the sort but a ‘double-down’ by Pres. Obama with the hope that the mainstream media will give him a much needed pass.
As far as the MSM is concerned the ploy did seem to work. However, the real proof is in the reading and consideration of the actual results of the proposal. Most religious leaders get it. It really doesn’t change a thing but continues the assault of this administration upon religious liberty and ups the ante to include free enterprise in the battle. *Top