2,500 Religious Leaders Call On Obama To Rescind His 'Severe Blow To Our Religious Liberty'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | February 21, 2012 | 3:32 PM EST

Yesterday, Family Research Council (FRC) Pres. Tony Perkins led an event announcing the release a letter signed by over 2,500 religious leaders from a range of faiths opposing Pres. Obama’s contraception and abortifacient mandate.

In a newsletter to FRC’s membership recapping the announcement (emphasis added), Perkins says:

“Together with our good friends Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Richard Land, Pastor Gary Simons, and Star Parker, we made it clear that this isn't about contraception. It's about conscience and the freedom of every American and God-fearing organization to exercise their moral convictions.”

“No church should be forced to concede their faith to kneel at the altar of government. And until the administration rights this wrong, we unite with our allies in diverse faith traditions in demanding what George Washington called "the invaluable rights of free citizens."

The letter to Pres. Obama, signed by 2,504 religious leaders, declares that “This mandate was not necessary, nor warranted” and “a severe blow to our religious liberty.”

In addition to forcing employers to choose between violating their consciences or dropping health care coverage for their employees, the mandate “is all the more egregious for including drugs and devices that are known and scientifically shown to function in ways that can cause abortions,” the letter to the president states.

See list of signees.

View the letter.

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