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Obama's Attempt To Placate Religious Americans Nothing But a Gimmick

By Craig Bannister | February 10, 2012 | 5:09pm EST

Pres. Obama's latest attempt to placate Americans who object on religious grounds to being forced to cover or pay for contraceptive services is no more than a gimmick, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said today.

Perkins released the following statement in reaction to the president's alleged compromise on the health insurance mandate:

"This revised HHS mandate does nothing to change the fundamentally anti-religious, anti-conscience and anti-life contraceptive mandate.  It rather only creates some paperwork gimmicks that don't change the fact that religious employers who object to coverage of these services will now have to drop health insurance altogether to maintain their conscience and face severe penalties for doing so.

"This President is tone deaf to the very real religious and moral objections of millions of Americans. The so-called one year delay last month was a clear slap in the face of religious groups, and this new proposal still requires religious entities that are not exempt as a church to subsidize and pay insurance companies so they can give free birth control to their employees.  However, it won't be free, because the insurance companies will increase the premium and administrative costs to the employer.

"This new gimmick forces religious entities to violate their religious beliefs and continues to show a complete disdain for the First Amendment. There is no compromise if a single American citizen is required to violate his or her conscience.  Liberals say keep your morals out of the bedroom, yet the President's plan forces everyone to pay the cost for someone else's contraceptive use in the bedroom. That's not freedom, it's a mandate.

"The President and his senior counselors have run into an immovable wall of truth which is fixed and absolute.  No political machinations they attempt will surmount the unshakeable religious and moral convictions of those of us opposing this government order. We urge Congress to pass the Fortenberry/Blunt bi-partisan 'Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011."

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