Make Plans to Visit Your Representative this Week
Our religious freedom is in great peril. Perhaps the greatest threat to this God-given freedom is the Obama administration’s abortion/contraceptive mandate forcing most employers to provide their employees insurance with free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization—regardless of religious or moral objections. The religious exemption within the mandate is very narrow, applying mostly just to churches. And every effort by the administration to resolve religious freedom concerns has been grossly inadequate.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed update to its mandate in hopes of allaying concerns. However, little has changed.
The proposal still fails to protect many religious schools and charities. It still fails to protect many businesses such as Hobby Lobby that seek to operate according to deeply held religious beliefs. And it still forces many objecting employers to contract with insurers on plans to offer their employees abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their moral convictions. Employers refusing to comply face fines of up to $100 per employee per day.
This is frightening. No American should be forced by the government to purchase or provide insurance that violates his or her deeply held beliefs. We must not let this assault on religious freedom stand.
This week, members of Congress are in their home districts visiting with their constituents. Now is a great opportunity for people of faith to contact their representatives to express their objections to the abortion/contraceptive mandate and support for laws that protect rights of conscience. I hope you will consider making a call and paying a visit to your representative. You may even want to ask your small group, your pastor, or your fellow church members to attend with you. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray for your elected officials, to encourage them to stand tall in this fight, and to remind them that moral issues are important to you. You can contact your representative in his or her local office here.
If we do not speak out now, our religious freedom will continue to erode, and this abortion/contraceptive mandate could stand. So I hope you’ll make that call to your representative’s office today to schedule a meeting. Please also consider forwarding this email to your friends. If you are able to make contact with your representative, we would love to hear about it.
As always, thank you for your concern and your action.
In His Service,
Dr. Richard Land
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention