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The H.H.S. Mandate will Strangle the Church

August 16th, 2012 55 comments

As a church historian, I feel compelled to remind my fellow Christians in America of a dire threat to their religious freedom, which freedom is supposed to be guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That threat is the Health and Human Services Mandate (hereafter H.H.S. Mandate) within the “Affordable Care Act.” This Mandate requires charitable and educational church agencies to offer abortion-causing drugs to their employees or face stiff financial penalties. I cannot judge how or why this Mandate was developed. I am a church historian, not a political insider in Washington. What I know as a   More…

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Harrison and other leaders sign “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison is one of 25 religious leaders who have signed an “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” in protest of the recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate restricting religious liberty. Other Lutheran signatories are WELS President Mark Schroeder, ELS President John Moldstad, NALC Bishop John Bradosky, and LCMS Concordia Deaconess Conference President Cheryl Naumann. What follows is first President Harrison’s cover message, and then the letter itself. CH – – – – – – – – – - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life. In response to   More…

The Conflict over the HHS Regulations — It Is Theological

February 28th, 2012 37 comments

Readers of this blog are, by now, familiar with the ongoing conflict between various churches and political factions over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hereafter HHS) regulations which would mandate that “all employers” provide contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees, regardless of moral or conscience objections. “All employers” is qualified by the exemption for “sectarian organizations,” which exemption probably means only “houses of worship,” although that is unclear at the present. President Matthew Harrison’s forthright confession of the position of the LC-MS before the House Committee has been joined now by statements by all members of the   More…

The HHS Regulations on Contraceptives and Abortifacients: We’ve Been Here Before!

February 21st, 2012 8 comments

On February 16th, ten representatives of U.S. church-bodies and synagogues, including President Harrison of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, gave testimony in a hearing before a U.S. House Committee. The hearing dealt with the impact of the recently proposed regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hereafter H.H.S.) on their respective church-bodies and religious institutions. The regulations mandate that all employers must provide FDA-approved contraceptives to their employees, including abortifacients like “Ella” and “Plan B,” and sterilization. The regulations exempt houses of worship, but do not exempt any other church-related institutions, such as universities, charities, or hospitals. The   More…

Harrison defends freedoms before House committee (Reporter article)

February 16th, 2012 2 comments

Harrison defends freedoms before House committee By Adriane Dorr LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison spoke in defense of religion and conscience before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a Capitol Hill hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Feb. 16. Expressing concern over the Jan. 20 U.S. Health and Human Services ruling regarding health-insurance plans and the recently required coverage of contraceptives, Harrison said, “We confess there are two realms: the church and state. They shouldn’t be mixed. The church is governed by the Word of God, the state by natural law and reason, the Constitution.” Harrison   More…

Harrison Speaks Before House Committee: Video and Transcript

February 16th, 2012 5 comments

Video: Harrison Speaks Before House Committee Transcript: Transcript of LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison’s Feb. 16 Testimony before House Committee on Government and Oversight Article including transcript: Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’ ST. LOUIS—February 16, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, was one of several witnesses to give testimony today during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Following are   More…

Harrison issues “A Statement on Recent HHS Decision and Religious Freedom”

February 3rd, 2012 26 comments

February 3, 2012 A Statement on Recent HHS Decision and Religious Freedom We are deeply distressed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent decision to require nearly all private health plans, including those offered by religious employers, to cover contraceptives. This will include controversial birth-control products such as “Ella” and the “morning after” pill, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that such drugs can cause the death of a baby developing in the womb. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take   More…