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Evangelical Pastors Oppose Obama in Birth Control Coverage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of evangelical pastors on Monday joined Roman Catholic clergy who oppose an Obama administration requirement that employees of religiously affiliated businesses receive birth control coverage.
Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reverse the mandate.
While most Protestants do not oppose contraception per se, the letter calls the mandate a violation of religious freedoms.
“This is not a Catholic issue,” Perkins said. “We will not tolerate any denomination having their religious freedom impinged upon by the government.”
The signers also object to a requirement that contraceptive coverage include the morning-after pill and other drugs and devices that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus to grow.
The mandate does not apply to houses of worship, only religiously affiliated institutions like universities, hospitals and nonprofits.
After an uproar about the birth control rules earlier this year, Obama offered a compromise two weeks ago in which insurers, rather than religious groups, would pay for the contraceptive coverage.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, promised to challenge the mandate both in court and in Congress.
“We are not going to stand by and allow our God-given rights, protected by the Constitution, to be atrophied, neutered, confined and restricted,” he said.

Senators Oppose ‘Birth Control Mandate’

News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
(NASHVILLE, TN), February 16, 2012 — State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) filed a resolution in the State Senate today urging President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to reverse the administration’s decision requiring all employers to provide birth control as part of their health plans. The birth control mandate is part of the rules implemented as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as spelled out by Sebelius.
Individuals have not been required previously to participate in a health service program or a research activity funded in some part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services if such participation is contrary to their religious beliefs or convictions. The retreat from that position has prompted numerous religious organizations, including Catholic bishops, to announce strong opposition to the interim rule. They have also called for stronger protection of the consciences of religious employers and health plans.
“This action tramples on the liberties of many Tennessee citizens and religious organizations,” said Senator Kelsey. “It could also impose significant costs on Tennessee and other states if religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, universities and agencies which provide social services to the poor are no longer able to continue due to this rule.”
The bi-partisan measure calls for a copy of the resolution to be sent to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and each member of the Tennessee’s congressional delegation upon passage.
Senate Resolution 84 is co-sponsored by Senators Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), Mike Bell (R-Cleveland), Jim Summerville (R-Dickson), Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), Rebecca Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville), Steve Southerland (R-Morristown), Ken Yager (R-Harriman), Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill), Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), Doug Henry (D-Nashville), Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), and Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson (R-Hixson).

‘This is Not a Birther Bill’

On a bipartisan basis, a House subcommitteehas killed a bill by Rep. Linda Elam, R-Mount Juliet, that would have required all candidates for state, local or federal office to furnish a “long form birth certificate” and other documents to get on the ballot in Tennessee.
.”This is not a birther bill. This is to get uniformity across the state (to assure all candidates are qualified to hold the office they seek),” Elam said.
The subcommittee had earlier this year killed a separate bill that would have required only presidential candidates to furnish a certified, long-form birth certificate to get on the ballot.
Elam, answering a question from House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, said she had “no idea” whether the bill would keep President Obama off Tennessee’s ballot. But she said all candidates should be forced to prove they meet the qualifications of office – in the case of a state senator, for example, that he or she is at least 30 years of age.
McCormick expressed surprise to see that he had signed the bill as a co-sponsor. Elam said he did so “after I told you it was not a birther bill.”
House Democratic Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville effectively ended debate with a motion that the bill be postponed until July, 2012, when the 107th General Assembly will presumably have ended. The motion carried unanimously without debate.