WASHINGTON, D.C, Nov. 6, 2015Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, responded to todays U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a challenge to the HHS Mandate that would decide whether religiously affiliated organizations with religious objectionsincluding Guidestone Financial Resources, a Southern Baptist entitywould be exempt from providing employees with contraceptive coverage.
It is sad that we have had to spend so much of the last several years fighting for the most basic of religious liberty protections, but the Supreme Court has the opportunity to defend the consciences of millions of Americans in what is sure to be a crucial case in the preservation of religious liberty. A government that can violate the consciences of some can easily attempt to violate the conscience of anyone. My prayer is that the Supreme Court will intervene in this administrations cavalier disregard for soul freedom that forces a decision between obedience to God and compliance with a regulatory state.
The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.
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