Catholic Vote – Thomas Peters – 1/30/2012
Faith Leaders Circulate Petition Opposing Contraception / Abortion Mandate
Citizen Link -- Karla Dial -- 2/8/2012
“The Catholic Church, as the largest provider of faith-based education, health care, and social services for the poor, is on the front lines of the struggle, but because of the required abortion drug coverage and the violation of religious freedom at the heart of the mandate, it is a struggle that implicates all believers. If the mandate is rammed down the throat of Catholics, no people of faith will be safe.”
Faith-based groups from across the denominational spectrum have vowed to commit civil disobedience if the mandate is not eliminated — a move that could cost not only them, but all taxpayers, millions of dollars. According to The Wall Street Journal, Catholic Charities alone could be charged as much as $140 million a year in fines for not complying — costs that will result in a reduction of services and be passed on to all taxpayers as the federal government moves in to fill the void. One in every six hospitals nationwide has ties to the Catholic Church.
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Dear President Obama,
I am deeply disappointed at your recent failure to protect religious liberty in the context of the HHS preventive care mandate. As Americans we are used to having political and religious disagreements. But we should all be able to agree that the government should not force religious people and institutions to provide drugs and services that violate their faith.
The recent statement from HHS that it will give religious objectors one extra year to change their religious views added insult to injury. It is as if you are saying to religious people "We respect your religious views so much that we'll give you one extra year to abandon them." Religious principles have no expiration date. True protection for religious liberty--the kind required by the Constitution you swore to uphold and the federal laws you are obliged to enforce--requires a broad religious exemption, one that protects any person or institution from being forced to provide services in violation of sincerely held religious beliefs.
Please reconsider your administration's actions and order HHS to provide the kind of broad protection for religious liberty that our laws require. Doing so would honor the sacrifices of those who fought and died to give us our freedoms. It would allow religious employers across the country to stay in business and keep offering health insurance to their employees. And it would pay tribute to the great heritage of religious diversity upon which this great nation was built.
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