Religious unity against HHS decision

Posted by: Phineas on February 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I wrote earlier that Catholic bishops across America had come out strongly against the Obama administration decision requiring religious organizations to pay for the cost of providing contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees. Jewish and Protestant groups aligned themselves with the bishops.

Now Orthodox Christian bishops have joined in:

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. This freedom is transgressed when a religious institution is required to pay for “contraceptive services” including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization services that directly violate their religious convictions. Providing such services should not be regarded as mandated medical care. We, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, call upon HHS Secretary Sebelius and the Obama Administration to rescind this unjust ruling and to respect the religious freedom guaranteed all Americans by the First Amendment.

As Joshua Treviño describes it, it is very unusual for Orthodox bishops to make an overtly political declaration. (Also h/t)

I really don’t think Team Obama quite knows what they’ve unleashed on themselves. But they’ll find out on Election Day.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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11 Responses to “Religious unity against HHS decision”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the incessant desire of the Obhammud administration to shove crap down our throats? The stimulus, Obomneycare, Fast & Furious (gun control), green scandals, and the list goes on. What ever happened to the days of simply leaving people alone?

  2. Jim McDonald says:

    I wonder if the ACLU will take this case to protect Catholic religious freedom?

  3. Carlos says:

    Sure they will, Jim. It’s an easy way for them to get some big bucks while making sure the church loses. :>)

  4. Phineas says:


    I wonder if the ACLU will take this case to protect Catholic religious freedom?

  5. :-w It is my hope that the entire Judeo-Christian Faithful will learn the lesson of Mathew 7:16 and vote accordingly.

  6. Carlos says:

    Now Body Odor is saying he deserves four more years to “finish what he’s started.”

  7. jussayin' says:

    I will believe that the Bishops are serious when they start excommunicating politicians like Pelosi and any other Catholics that support abortion. Till then, it is just wind.

    When will the Church make a real stand instead of allowing those who cloak themselves in the talk about being a believer while pushing things that are opposite of the stances of the Church?

    It is things like this, where churches follow society and secular desires over the teachings of the Bible that has lead me away from organized religion. I fully understand hate the sin, love the sinner, but that should not include condone the sin for the sake of the sinner.

  8. Carlos says:

    @jussayin’: ever since the church took a stand with Hank VIII they’ve been more than a little nervous about taking a stand with major political figures.

    After all, that didn’t turn out too well for the church now, did it? Or for a number of his wives either, as far as that goes.

    Kinda reminds me of the Republican “leadership.” They really know when to take a principled stand now, don’t they? Only in their case, if one makes the voter analogous to the wives, they get killed anyway.

  9. Lorica says:

    We can’t steralize serial rapists or child molesters but we can force the religious communities to help murder our babies. Where does that make sense?? – Lorica