We need your help in sending a message to Congress in an effort to defend our religious freedom under imminent threat by Obamacare's Mandate. You've heard about the courageous efforts of Hobby Lobby and others to stand up for their liberties. Even with some legal victories in the courts, other plaintiffs have not fared as well. Congress should work to protect the First Amendment and not leave it to the courts.
Well Congress is back home this month, the calm before the storm this fall when the House and Senate will once again have to reach a budget deal to avert a government shutdown. When they return, we must make a last ditch effort to ensure that religious freedoms are protected in any "must pass" legislation, such as a Continuing Resolution ("CR") or omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014. Now is the time to send a message.
Why? The Obama administration finalized its regulations in June without any change to the narrow exemption for "houses of worship," an exemption that does not include religious non-profits or businesses who object to healthcare coverage of contraception or abortion inducing drugs. Without real conscience protections added to must-pass legislation, hundreds and thousands of faith-based ministries, charities, hospitals, universities as well as private individuals with deeply held religious beliefs will still be forced to cover these benefits or face steep fines. For more background information, click here to download a copy of FRC Action's one-page summary of the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate.
Click here to sign onto an effort to encourage Congressional Leaders to insert conscience protection legislation into any must pass legislation, like the "CR." By doing so, you will be joining thousands of pastors who are committed to praying for the nation, preaching the whole counsel of God, and partnering with other pastors. Your signature will definitely send a message.