Land Says U.S. Senate “Insensitive” in Action on Contraceptive Mandate
The U.S. Senate rejected a measure Thursday, March 1, that would have allowed nearly any employer who had moral objections to the Obama administration’s recently announced contraceptive mandate to opt out of the coverage.
“We are outraged by the Senate’s decision to kill the Blunt Amendment. If the government can tell its citizens that their First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom and conscience is subject to its dictates, then the First Amendment offers no protection to people of faith’” said Richard Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), was tagged to a highway funding bill, but was defeated by a 51 to 48 vote.
Land said the issue here is not birth control but individual’s religious liberty rights: “Make no mistake, the Senate vote was not about contraception but about the right of people of faith to be able to live out the values of their faith free from government coercion. This insensitive response to our pleas to the Senate to protect religious freedom from government coercion cannot go unchallenged.”
Land continued, “We will continue to press this battle for freedom to the very end. We call on all people who love liberty to join us in this must-win struggle against government tyranny.”