Evangelicals and Catholics Opposes HHS Mandate's Distinctions for Religious Groups
More than 150 faith-based organizations have spoken out against the Obama administrationâ€™s contraception mandate because it creates class distinctions for religious groups. The mandate and its narrow exemption create a â€śtwo-class schemeâ€ť of religious organizations that â€śhonors acts of worship while burdening those whose faith leads them to service in our common life,â€ť they argued.
In a June 11 letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the leaders voiced â€śgrave concernâ€ť over the two-class concept of religious organizations that was â€śembedded in federal lawâ€ť in February, when the mandate was finalized in its original form.
The letter was organized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition that works to protect the religious identity and work of faith-based organizations throughout America. It was signed by aid organizations...
Evangelicals (especially including The National Association of Evangelicals represents more than 45,000 local churches from over 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions) and Catholics Oppose the HHS Family Planning Mandate's Distinctions for Religious Groups:
â€ś[W]e are united in opposition to the creation in federal law of two classes of religious organizations: churchesâ€”considered sufficiently focused inwardly to merit an exemption and thus full protection from the mandate; and faith-based service organizationsâ€”outwardly oriented and given a lesser degree of protection.â€ť