February 15, 2012
Religious Freedom Fake “Compromise” Splits
Church Leaders; Where Does Your Church Stand?
The Obama administration’s shameful attempt to pander to its pro-abortion base by forcing Catholic organizations to provide employee health insurance paying for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization in violation of the Church’s doctrines and teaching has resulted in a firestorm of protest from much of the religious community. While Christians and other people of faith may disagree about these beliefs, most mainstream Christian groups will correctly resist any government measures compelling religious groups to abandon their core convictions.
MOST but not all mainline denominations will defend freedom of religion for church institutions. However, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, along with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which includes the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ, have stunningly endorsed Obamacare’s mandate that all religious hospitals and charities must provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, despite religious objections, according to a news release from The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD).
In contrast, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist and Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod leaders and others have condemned the mandate as an assault on religious liberty. Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has declared: “I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do.”
IRD President Mark Tooley minced no words as he scolded the Methodists and other churches in the Coalition for Reproductive Choice. “How bizarre that these religious institutions are openly applauding a federal government imposed mandate that would override the liberty of religious institutions to uphold their own beliefs. For leftwing Mainline Protestant elites and others, are coercive government control and subsidized sexual freedom more important than religious freedom? What other government impositions on faith would these church groups support?”
As for the so-called “compromise” just proffered by the Administration, Human Life International points out that it’s nothing more than a shell game, an accounting trick. “The original unjust mandate required that conscientious objectors to this policy would be forced to pay for insurance that will cover morally abhorrent ‘care.’ With the so-called compromise, we are still forced to pay for insurance that covers procedures and drugs that directly contradict our religious beliefs. The compromise is a distinction without a difference and merely an accounting trick that does nothing to change the fact that we will have to pay for chemical abortions, sterilizations and contraception for any employee.” Read HLI’s entire statement here.
Along with conservative religious organizations, conservatives in the U.S. House are also concerned with this blatant violation of the separation of church and state and are taking action. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” on Thursday, February 16th at 9:30 A.M. (EST) in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. You can view the hearing streamed live here.
By now, everyone is aware of the recent flip-flop by the Susan G. Komen Foundation regarding its decision to cease diverting funds donated for breast cancer research to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. What is just coming out is the hard-nosed tactics PP used to bully Komen into that flip flop.
A senior vice president at Komen, Karen Handel, has resigned over Komen’s flip-flop, even calling Planned Parenthood a “gigantic bully” that reneged on a secret deal not to go public with Komen’s defunding decision. Read the Daily Beast interview here.
Lyrics to an old song called “Undecided” certainly describes the Komen Foundation: “First you say you will, and then you won’t, and then you say you do and then you don’t.” Their original decision not to provide funds to any organization under government investigation was a sound one, but extreme pressure from leftists, feminists and even 26 U.S. Senators proved to be more than it could handle. A recent article by Mona Charen details some of that pressure and the untruths that the public has been fed regarding what PP’s business really is.
A major victory for the pro-life advocates of pre-abortion sonogram requirements took place last week. After being slapped down by a U.S. Circuit Court, a judge in Texas has reluctantly ordered that the Women’s Right to Know Act, passed last year, would take effect immediately. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who represented hospitals and doctors prior to taking the federal bench, had ruled earlier that the new law violated doctors’ freedom of speech, but the Circuit Court didn’t buy that ruling and ordered a reversal from Judge Sparks, who complained that his hands were tied by the Circuit Court’s decision. The Texas law is considered to be one of the toughest in the nation and this legal precedent bodes well for potential legal challenges in other states. See more details here.
But there are those leftist feminists who don’t agree, of course. Barbara Walters and her left-leaning cohorts on the television show, The View, bemoaned the court’s decision. Hear her whining, along with Joy Behar while Elisaabeth Hasselbeck tries to defend Life and the medical common sense of the law here on this link from lifenews.com.
To learn more about how these sonogram laws are becoming the “big guns” in the pro-life movement, request a FREE copy of the RNC for Life REPORT which will be published shortly. Click here to request your copy.
In 2007, a pro-life movie Bella was released and has melted the hearts of many women who were considering abortions. Even today, the number of “Bella babies” who were saved because of the movie continues to multiply. This fact inspired one of the film’s executive producers, Jason Jones, to form an organization called “Bella HERO.” The groups’s mission is to provide free Bella DVDs to women in unplanned pregnancies. Bella HERO raises money to purchase the DVDs and then provides them to pregnancy centers, along with training on how to effectively use them. According to spokesperson Tracy Reynolds, more than 700 pregnancy centers across the country are using Bella and she states that ” . . . to our knowledge we have saved at least 450 babies through this program — and that’s just the ones we know about.”