Religious Leaders: Liberty Of Conscience Is Under Threat

Religious Leaders National Press Club

Religious leaders representing Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, Mormons, Jews, Lutherans, Scientologists and Hindus have signed an open letter calling for all Americans to stand together for religious freedom. In light of the mandates in Obamacare, the letter stats that the “liberty of conscience is under threat.” The letter was released earlier today at the National Press Club.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops later put out a press release.

The open letter highlights the threat to conscience posed by the Administration’s mandate that almost all employers cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs and devices in their health insurance plans. As the signatories write, freedom of religion goes beyond mere freedom of worship and extends to believers’ roles as citizen and employer.

“The doctrines of our respective faiths require something of us beyond the walls of our churches, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship,” the signers said. “Those faith convictions manifest themselvesthrough our daily interactions among family, neighbors, strangers and institutions.”

At a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington to release the open letter, Archbishop Lori noted the magnitude of church leaders’ concerns.

“As the Catholic bishops have said from the very beginning, the underlying issue with the HHS Mandate is not about any specific teaching. In fact, other signatories on the letter do not share our view on contraception and probably disagree with us in many other ways, but they understand the core religious freedom issue at stake here.” Along with Archbishop Lori and Dr. Moore, speakers at the press conference included Anne Hendershott, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., chairman of the Justice Initiative of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. (Read More)

You can read the full letter here.

Juicy Ecumenism has more quotes from the press conference, and CNS News has a related article on how the Obamacare mandates effectively bar Catholics from owning health insurance companies.