Feb. 16: Join Faith and Action on Capitol Hill

After many religious leaders, including Catholic bishops across America, publicly refused to comply with President Obama’s unconstitutional order to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and other unethical procedures including sterilization, Obama announced an “accommodation” to his orders. He now orders all health insurance companies to provide abortion-inducing drugs“free of charge.”

Thus, Faith and Action’s president, Rev. Rob Schenck, said this is no compromise because it violates the natural rights and liberties of all conscientious objectors and Faith and Action is taking your concerns to Capitol Hill.

Rev. Rob Schenck said, “It’s ludicrous for President Obama to offer a so-called compromise on this egregious violation of religious freedom. The First Amendment expressly forbids him from prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The U.S. founders were crystal clear on that. What’s there to compromise? Certainly not a constitutionally-guaranteed liberty. This action is reason for all religious people – all people of goodwill – to declare a state of emergency. We must speak now or be forever forced to hold our peace.”

Faith and Action invites you to join our chief of program, Peggy Nienaber, and many of our allies to combat this deadly and unconstitutional mandate on Capitol Hill. Here are the details:

Event: “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?”
Hearing by the House Committee of Oversight & Government Reform

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154, Washington, D.C.

Witnesses
Panel I
The Most Reverend William E. Lori
Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Reverend Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
Associate Rabbi, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ethics, Chair of the Ethics Department, and Associate Director of the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Panel II
John H. Garvey
President, The Catholic University of America
Dr. William K. Thierfelder
President, Belmont Abbey College
Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver
President, East Texas Baptist University
Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Oklahoma Christian University
Laura Champion, M.D.
Medical Director, Calvin College Health Services
Barry W. Lynn, Esq.
Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Update: The House Committee of Oversight & Government Reform has provided the following video segment from today’s hearing. It features Bishop Lori and Rev. Harrison answering questions by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan in addition to commentary by Rep. Walberg:

Also on February 16, our longtime partner Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition will lead a prayer vigil and protest the mandates outside the White House at 10:30 a.m. Members of our partner organization Priests for Life will join forces with Pat Mahoney, along with Operation Rescue, Rock for Life, Students for Life of America, and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.

Update: Rev. Mahoney and Father Denis Wilde, O.S.A., a Priests for Life associate, were among six pro-lifers arrested. They were cited for “failure to obey a lawful order” as they knelt in prayer in front of the White House. Each paid a $100 fine and was released from custody.

“Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested,” said Fr. Wilde. “We knew that was the risk when we gathered today and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith – of every faith – need to do now is stand with us.”

We humbly request your prayers for the success of all efforts to secure the unalienable rights to life, true liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Of course we are with you in faith and action!

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