Saturday, February 18, 2012

More on the battle for religious liberty in America

"Morality is not about keeping as long a leash as you can on the harms you cause. It is about keeping upright intentions and rejecting unfair tradeoffs—neither of which Obama’s proposed revision even pretends to affect." See the full story here.

Dr. Robert George also wrote the following on his Facebook wall, and it is so interesting it is worth passing on here, as is the link to the petition (embedded). 

"Hundreds of leading scholars, university presidents and other academic administrators, activists, and religious leaders from a multitude of faiths, have joined together in a statement rejecting the HHS mandate requiring employers to provide, directly or indirectly, insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives, and also rejecting President Obama's so-called 'accommodation' of religious liberty as a mere 'accounting trick' that changes nothing of moral substance. The statement is entitled "Unacceptable" and is available here: Its signers include Mary Ann Glendon, of the Harvard Law School; Rabbi David Novak of the Univeristy of Toronto; the eminent Muslim scholar and public intellectual Shaykh Hamza Yusuf; University of Chicago Professor Jean Bethke Elshtain; the great religious liberty scholar and appellate litigator Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School; Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; the distinguished political theorist Thomas Pangle of the University of Texas; Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University; Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia; Evangelical leader and Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson; Archbishop Peter Akinola, former Anglican Primate of Nigeria; Dr. Paige Patterson, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III of the Church of God in Christ; Stockholm Prize laureate Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe of Princeton University; and on and on. Not only is this an alliance of Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Latter-Day Saints, Jews, Muslims, and others; the list of signers includes people from across the political spectrum--liberals, conservatives, and people fitting into neither category. I believe that this is an unprecedented coming together of people to defend religious liberty and the rights of conscience against a deeply misguided and unjust governmental action."

1 comment:

Daryll said...

This is a serious matter, and I'm sure we all have different perceptions. Well, we have to do our best to make things in order and just.

Daryll from Tapis salon