President Obama's attempt at a "compromise" in his new contraceptive coverage rule seems to have backfired and only further fanned the flames among evangelicals and conservative Catholics.
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"Southern Baptists and people of other various faith communities are outraged with President Obama's so-called compromise on his administration's abortion mandate," Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post.
"What people need to consider is this so-called compromise clearly goes against our First Amendment rights," added Land. "Even Catholic women who use or have used contraceptives don't want the church or a religious institution to bear the cost. In his attempt to mollify his radical pro-abortion supporters, President Obama has declared that individual conscience is subject to government edict."
The controversy began on Jan. 20 when the Obama administration announced that religious institutions would be required to offer free contraceptives to employees as a health-care benefit.
Almost immediately, religious conservatives - most notably Catholics - began flooding the White House with protests. But even Archbishop Timothy Dolan failed to convince President Obama that he needed to drop the mandate altogether.
Christian conservative groups appear to be particularly upset that Obama does not seem to respect their sincerely held religious beliefs regarding various contraceptives that the government mandates they pay for.
SOURCE: Christian Post