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-149 Christian Leaders Confront Obama Administration Over HHS Mandate and Arbitrary Exemption Policy

by Dr. D ~ June 14th, 2012

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From Christianity Today:

(RNS) A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid a controversial new mandate that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage.

In a letter sent Monday (June 11) to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the 149 religious leaders note that they hold differing views on “the moral acceptability” of birth control and on the viability of various administration proposals to allow faith-based groups to bypass the mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage.

But they said they share a strong objection to the language that defines which "religious" groups are eligible for an exemption, saying the definition creates a “two-class system” of religious groups: churches, which qualify under the wording of the exemption, and “faith-based service organizations,” which may or may not qualify.

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Response: One of the biggest issues of the HHS contraceptive mandate is the insistence of the Obama administration officials that they have the power to define what Churches, faith-based groups, and ministries are ‘religious’ enough to be exempt from the provisions of the mandate.

The administration has taken the view that churches that provide worship are exempt while their ministries which provide social service may not be. Thus the administration has taken it upon itself to decide what is part of a religion and what is not.

This is a dangerous precedent that can not be allowed to stand otherwise we no longer have ‘freedom of religion’ in this country but only ‘freedom of worship’ contained only within some kind of official church. We have addressed this dangerous tendency of the Obama administration to limit the ‘free exercise of religion’ once before in the following post: -What’s the Difference: ‘Freedom of Religion’ vs. ‘Freedom of Worship’                  *Top

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1 Response to -149 Christian Leaders Confront Obama Administration Over HHS Mandate and Arbitrary Exemption Policy

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