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Over 60 Evangelical and Jewish leaders warned Obama


KATHLEEN GILBERT

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12/23/2011

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ABSTRACTEvangelical, Jewish leaders unite against Obama birth control mandate | LifeSiteNews.com facebook twitter Edition: US CANADA INTERNATIONAL Skip to Main Content   LifeSiteNews.com Life, Family and Culture News HOME ABOUT SUBSCRIBE ADVERTISE ARCHIVE CONTACT US DONATE NEWS OPINION BLOGS RESOURCES Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Stem Cells Canada International USA On the Beat Lila Rose Fr. Frank Pavone Alex Schadenberg Daniel McConchie Chestertonians for Life Students for Life of America Get Help Get Informed Get Involved Special Reports Development and Peace News Print Article   |   Email Friend   |  Reprint Permissions Evangelical, Jewish leaders unite against Obama birth control mandate by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Dec 23, 2011 13:24 EST Comments (5) Tags: abortion , contraception , freedom , obama Tweet   WASHINGTON, December 23, 2011 ( LifeSiteNews.com ) - Over sixty leaders of faith-based organizations or who work with faith-based organizations wrote a public letter the Obama administration protesting the very narrow exemption to the health insurance contraceptives mandate. The letter also asked that the administration not adopt in its place a different definition of “religious employer” for the exemption, suggested by some groups, that would still leave out many faith-based organizations. Signatories of the letter include Protestant and orthodox Jewish leaders representing several religious colleges and universities, k-12 schools, grassroots faith-based organizations, denominations, law associations, rescue missions, and more. Up until now, U.S. Bishops and other Catholic groups have mounted the most vocal opposition to the upcoming mandate, which would force virtually all employers to offer birth control, including abortifacient drugs, without copay. Dr. Richard Land, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family; Stanley Carlson-Thies, President of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance; and Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, were among the signatories. The letter came soon after Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) President Patrick Reilly raised the alarm over an alternative definition of “religious employer” proposed by the Catholic Health Association and the University of Notre Dame that he said would still leave unprotected many faith-based service organizations. The religious leaders concurred that the proposed revision would threaten several faith-based groups, and would write into federal law a definition of “religious employer” that wrongly encompasses only churches and church-controlled organizations. The letter was circulated to and signed only by non-Catholic organizations and leaders. “We write not in opposition to Catholic leaders and organizations; rather, we write in solidarity, but separately—to stress that religious organizations and leaders of other faiths are also deeply troubled by and opposed to the mandate and the narrow exemption,” it stated. “If one were to believe what the media reports and what some Democratic legislators say about the HHS mandate, it was only Catholics who had a problem with the contraceptive mandate,” noted CNS on Thursday. “This letter shows that the concern about the religious freedom implications of the health insurance contraceptive mandate is much broader.” In addition, The Becket Fund announced Wednesday that Colorado Christian University had become the first Evangelical school to fight the abortifacient birth control mandate in court. CCU’s lawsuit joins one filed by Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic institution, last month. The letter and the list of signatories follows: Dear Mr. President: We write to express our deep concern about the contraceptives mandate in the health insurance regulations, and about the “religious employer” exemption that is so narrow that it does not protect most faith-based organizations. We write to you specifically as organizations and leaders that are not part of the Catholic community. We write not in opposition to Catholic leaders and organizations; rather, we write in solidarity, but separately—to stress that religious organizations and leaders of other faiths are also deeply troubled by and opposed to the mandate and the narrow exemption. Most press reports on the controversy concerning the contraceptives mandate portray the opposition as coming only from the Catholic Ch.......