From STLToday comes a story about help from outside the Catholic Church on a matter that will affect everyone if not stopped:
Lutheran leader testifies in debate over contraception rule
by Bill Lambrecht
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
today joined the pitched debate over the reach of the new health
care law, calling a new Obama administration mandate "a requirement
that violates our stand on the biblical teaching of the sanctity of
The Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the St.
Louis-based Missouri Synod, was among religious
leaders testifying that the requirement that employees of
religious-affiliated institutions have access to birth control
coverage violates basic rights to religious freedom.
The mandate, Harrison told the Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, "will have the effect of forcing many
religious organizations to choose between following the letter of
the law or operating within the framework of their religious
Harrison earlier had criticized the compromise spelled out last
week by President Barack Obama in which insurance companies, not
religious institutions, would have the responsibility of providing
contraception coverage and paying for it.
"It simply described a temporary enforcement delay and a
possible future change, a change that, unfortunately, would not
adequately protect religious freedom or unborn lives," he said in a
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