Southern Baptists “Stand With the Bishops” Against the White House

WHEREAS, The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects United States citizens from any interference by the Federal Government in their “free exercise” of religion; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that all health care plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) must provide free of charge contraceptives and abortion causing drugs and devices, even if such provisions violate the faith convictions of religious employers, health plan providers, and participants; and

WHEREAS, The Obama administration will require health plans under PPACA to maintain a separate abortion fund supported by a premium surcharge on health plan participants regardless of their religiously-informed convictions about abortion; and

WHEREAS, The Justice Department (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, 2012) has asserted that government has the authority to determine which ministries of a church qualify for First Amendment staffing protections, in clear violation of the biblical teaching that churches are unique institutions by virtue of their divine origin (Matthew 16:18); and

WHEREAS, The United States military is currently engaged in efforts to normalize homosexual behavior in the armed services, threatening the ability of chaplains to perform ministry according to the dictates of their consciences and the teachings of their faith; and

WHEREAS, The Justice Department has argued that the federal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional, threatening the ability of religious business owners and religious organizations to offer their services to those only who share their faith convictions about marriage; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 19–20, 2012, steadfastly object to the administration’s efforts to undermine the religious liberty of American citizens; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we call on President Obama to instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its insistence that health care plans provide contraceptives and abortion causing drugs and devices and instead exempt from this requirement all religious organizations and people of faith, whether in their private capacity or as employers, who declare a religious objection to such coverage; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we deplore the provision in the PPACA that sets up a separate abortion fund in health care plans as well as the administration’s efforts to require United States citizens to pay for abortion through their health care premiums contrary to the dictates of their faith; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we declare our support for the Constitution’s recognition of the unique nature of the church and insist that the Justice Department retract its offensive, unconstitutional attitude toward the church; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we wholeheartedly support the ministry of chaplains in the United States military and call on the Obama administration to instruct our military leaders to ensure the freedom of chaplains to minister to members of the armed services according to the dictates of the chaplains’ consciences without fear or coercion; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express our deepest appreciation for every person who serves in the armed services of our nation and call on the Obama administration to guarantee the right of those who have volunteered to serve to express their religious convictions about homosexual behavior without fear of reprisal; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we call on the Justice Department to cease its efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and instead engage in a vigorous effort to defend this law of the land from every challenge; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we pledge to defend the God-given and constitutionally guaranteed right of every American citizen to worship God freely in thought, word, and action, according to the dictates of his or her conscience.

(Cover image credit: Morris Abernathy)

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Gail D. Finke is an author and mother living in Cincinnati, where she writes for The Catholic Beat at Sacred Heart Radio.

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  • A_True_Blue

    The overwhelming majority of Catholic employers already provide good health insurance for their employees and have been for decades, is it not within our rights to determine to not provide additional things since contraception is evil as well it is NOT HEALTHY, therefore not needed in a health plan. What obama has done is force these employers to drop the coverage altogether or violate their conscience and face the Judgement of God, therefore making the employee, who do not care to have contraception coverage anyway, to be without it. THAT is a violation of Catholic principals and it is obama who is at fault plain and simple. Pregnancy is not a disease, fertility is not a disease, yet the contraceptive chemicals and devices ARE known to cause serious diseases like cancer, strokes, high blood pressure etc.
    The Catholic who supports obama in any way is no different than a member of the American Lung Association handing out cigarettes to teens and tweens at the local school.

  • markeyjoe

    The government (State or Federal) has no business mandating private employers, Catholic or otherwise, to provide what has been up to now an employee benefit. So now it coercively forces formal cooperation in evil requiring us to pay for cancer causing chemicals, to be used for perfectly healthy women, to avoid a perfectly healthy function (fertility), to a healthy act (sex), to avoid a healthy reaction (pregnancy), which can be avoided by perfectly healthy means (abstinence)! What is so healthy about that? Now obama has decided that the completely healthy woman (regardless of income) who simply does not want to get the “disease” of pregnancy should not be burdened with paying a very small copay. In the meantime, heart disease and cancer are the #1 and #2 killers of American women and those millions of women who suffer these diseases are on their own when it comes to copays and deductibles. yet free BC for everyone regardless of income seems to be so important that we have to give up our rights guaranteed (not given) under the 223 year old Constitution. obama has an agenda, and that is to bully Catholics because he and sebelius hate the truths that Mother Church proposes to society to free us from our sinful state.

  • mary_love

    The contraceptive mandate is the camels nose in the tent. The next mandate will be (already has been as of March 12) abortion. The next mandate after that will be infanticide, after that euthanize grandma/grandpa or the so-called “vegetable”, after that??? We have God given rights protected (not given) by the 1st amendment and these rights are being violated by this gov’t, your rights just might be next. 

  • Ken D

    Where does it end? The Obama administration is hoping ( I won’t say praying), that Catholics & Southern Baptists (Christians) give up the fight. That will give them the opening to chip away at our beliefs and eventually giving up our beliefs all together. No quarter given. This is not something that can be negotiated.

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