Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act

The Senate is expected to vote THIS week on important legislation sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. It would protect the rights of conscience for religious organizations and for businesses so they wouldn’t be forced by the federal government to pay for medical procedures which violate their moral beliefs. It would provide conscience protections for ALL Americans.

Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently wrote every bishop in our nation on this subject. He said, in part:

In the United States, religious liberty does not depend on the benevolence of who is regulating us. It is our “first freedom” and respect for it must be broad and inclusive—not narrow and exclusive. Catholics and other people of faith and good will are not second class citizens. And it is not for the government to decide which of our ministries is “religious enough” to warrant religious freedom protection.

It is critical that you contact your Senators and tell them to Vote YES on the Blunt Amendment. More importantly, PRAY that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven!”

  • Read HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s statement on this rule and comments by Senate Democrats supporting it.
  • Read Senator Rob Portman’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, and watch the Floor speeches of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

 

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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