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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:01 PM

1,000 religious leaders stand up for religious liberty and contraceptive access

The Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy want you to think that the overwhelming majority of people of faith are opposed to the Obama administration’s birth-control mandate, but that just isn’t true.

Yesterday, the Religious Institute, which is “a multi-faith organization dedicated to sexual health, education and justice,” published An Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning. The letter was signed by more than 1,000 clergy from many different faith perspectives, and it demands equal access to contraception for all women.

“The denial of family planning services effectively translates into coercive childbearing and is an insult to human dignity,” the letter says.

The Rev. Debra W. Haffner, president of the Religious Institute, said in a statement, “It is a critical misunderstanding to equate the minority of those religious leaders who have fought the coverage of birth control during the past year with threats and lawsuits, with the majority of people of faith in the United States who support access to contraception.

http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/2013/02/1000-religious-leaders-stand-up-for-religious-liberty-and-contraceptive-access/

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SpartanDem Feb 2013 OP
babylonsister Feb 2013 #1
skepticscott Feb 2013 #2
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #3
longship Feb 2013 #4
LeftishBrit Feb 2013 #5
cbayer Feb 2013 #6

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:03 PM

1. Recommend! nt

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:08 PM

2. Why the cowardice of an "open letter"?

How about taking the papal bull by the horns, so to speak? Send a letter expressing the same condemnation of the denial of family planning services directly to every Catholic archdiocese in America, and to the Vatican. Or take out full page ads in every major newspaper calling out the Catholic Church and their compatriots in family planning denial in the Protestant right wing. Don't pretend that the problem is just "out there" and that you don't know exactly what the source is.

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:11 PM

3. YES YES YES We do have smart Christians!!!!!

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 10:35 PM

4. Indeed, full page ads in major newspapers and online.

R&K

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:32 AM

5. Excellent news

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:24 PM

6. Well done. This is the sort of story that makes me smile.

I am sick to death of a small group of people presuming that they speak for the majority of believers in this country.

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