Different Faiths, Same Cause: Religious Freedom
- By Alliance Defending Freedom
- Posted Feb 28, 2014
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Several of America’s different faith leaders have been outspoken in their support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties.
In fact, over 100 leaders from very diverse religions signed an open letter opposing the HHS Mandate, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Church of Scientology, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical, Episcopal, Russian Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Non-Denominational faith leaders.
“Through its contraceptive coverage mandate, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) continues to breach universal principles affirmed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and other federal laws. While the mandate is a specific offense, it represents a greater fundamental breach of conscience by the federal government. Very simply, HHS is forcing Citizen A, against his or her moral convictions, to purchase a product for Citizen B. The HHS policy is coercive and puts the administration in the position of defining–or casting aside–religious doctrine. This should trouble every American.”
Below, we’ve highlighted a few examples of several specific leaders’ perspectives on the HHS (abortion pill) Mandate:
Pastor Rick Warren, evangelical author and lead pastor of Saddleback Church:
“I’d rather go to jail than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do. Would you? Acts 5:29.”
Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Jewish organization, Orthodox Union
“We take this stance because we, particularly as a religious minority in the United States, must stand in solidarity with people of all faiths in demanding the broadest protections for rights of conscience in the face of government (and socio-cultural) coercion to the contrary,”
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC of the Southern Baptist Convention
“People who are doing good things in their communities motivated by religious convictions are simply being driven out of the public square because they won’t sing out of the hymn book of the church of the sexual revolution. I just don’t think we can live this way as Americans.”Watch the video on Fox News.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
“The more the government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.”
Author: Alliance Defending Freedom