Monday, February 6

Record of Protest...

Record of Protest Against the Infringement of Religious Liberty by the Department of Health and Human Services

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, which is comprised of the 65 canonical Orthodox bishops in the United States, Canada and Mexico, join their voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and all those who adamantly protest the recent decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and call upon all the Orthodox Christian faithful to contact their elected representatives today to voice their concern in the face of this threat to the sanctity of the Church’s conscience.

In this ruling by HHS, religious hospitals, educational institutions, and other organizations will be required to pay for the full cost of contraceptives (including some abortion-inducing drugs) and sterilizations for their employees, regardless of the religious convictions of the employers.

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.

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

5 comments:

Jeannine said...

Thank you for posting this, Mat. Emily. Unity on this issue is of utmost importance. We must be righteously indignant.

Marfa said...

For such an important thing....we ALL value life!!!

I'm glad the Orthodox bishops have made a public stance against this!

Marie said...

Great post!
What is the Orthodox stand on birth control if I may ask.
Thanks

Mat. Emily said...

Marie, here is an Orthowiki article on the subject:

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Contraception

Ms Jeannie said...

This is a travesty on all levels and reminds me so much of the story of Daniel... We Christian brothers and sisters who truly believe and sanctify our LoRd and Savior must stand up and be accounted...until the glorious return... I am not surprized at what is transgressing in and around the world.. its pure biblical prophecy but we must not be dismayed... we must stand firm and continue to preach the WORD and spread the news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ...

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