EPC Joins With Others In “Standing Together for Religious Freedom”

= = = UPDATE July 31, 2013 = = =

Stated Clerk Jeffrey Jeremiah quoted in "The Catholic World Report" article "In Their Own Words" - http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2468/in_their_own_words.aspx#.UfkNcaw8nhd

 = = = July 9, 2013 = = =

Stated Clerk Jeffrey Jeremiah, on behalf of the EPC and the endorsement of our Committee On Administration, signed an open letter to all Americans regarding the encroachment on religious freedoms that occur under the Health Care Mandate of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“Obamacare”). The letter was presented to the public at the National Press Club by representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to sign ‘Standing Together for Religious Freedom’ for the EPC,” said Jeremiah. “However, I’m very sad to be put in a position where we have to take a stand for the protection of religious liberty.” 

The final paragraph of the open letter states, “Therefore, we call upon HHS [ed; The Department of Health and Human Services] to, at a minimum, expand conscience protections under the mandate to cover any organization or individual that has religious or moral objections to covering, providing or enabling access to the mandated drugs and services. Further, because HHS claims to be acting on authority granted it by Congress, we ask Congress to consider how it might present such offenses from occurring in the future. Any policy that falls short of affirming full religious freedom protection for all Americans is unacceptable.”

You can read the full text of the letter by clicking this link.