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Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lutherans-join-chorus-of-voices-slamming-hhs-contraceptive-mandate ^ | 2/10/2012 | Christine Dhanagom

Posted on 02/10/2012 7:31:30 PM PST by Morgana

KIRKWOOD, Missouri, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The President of the Missouri Lutheran Synod added his voice to the growing chorus of religious leaders from across denominational lines who are objecting to the HHS mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans.

“The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception,” wrote Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in a statement issued February 3rd.

“Increasingly we are suffering overzealous intrusions into what is the realm of traditional and biblical Christian conscience. We believe this is a violation of our First Amendment rights,” he continued.

The statement echoes the sentiments of Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who recently objected to the media’s characterization of the controversy as “only a Catholic issue,” and urged Evangelicals to “understand that our religious liberty is being similarly subverted and attacked.”

According to Harrison, the Missouri Synod’s own healthcare policy, which provides coverage to nearly 48,000 people, would be exempt from the mandate since it had been tailored to obtain “grandfather” status.

Under the health care reform law, existing policies can be “grandfathered” if they meet certain criteria. Grandfathered plans are exempt from many of the changes in the legislation, including the requirement to provide the “minimum essential coverage” which includes the HHS mandate. However, changes made to the policy could cause it to lose grandfathered status.

According to Patrick Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society, which is working against the mandate on behalf of the many Catholic colleges and universities who would be affected by it, many religious organizations are pursuing grandfathered status as a way of delaying the need to comply with the mandate.

However, Reilly added, if the mandate stands, most of those organizations would lose their exempt status within a year or two, since insurance companies routinely make changes to health care policies in areas such as rates and privacy provisions.

“The minute anything like that changes, a grandfathered plan is no longer considered to be grandfathered under the federal law,” he said.

According to Jim Sanft, President of Concordia Plan Services, the Missouri Synod’s church’s benefit partner, the Synod operates its own health plan, and therefore has control over any changes that are made to it.

However, Sanft added, the Synod is still concerned that it may ultimately lose its grandfathered status if it is forced to make changes to the plan in order to remain competitive in a changing insurance market.

In the meantime, says Reverend Harrison, the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran church has pledged its support for those religious organizations that do not have grandfathered plans and that do not qualify for the legislation’s narrowly tailored religious exemption.

“We will stand, to the best of our ability, with all religious and other concerned citizens against this erosion of our civil liberty,” he wrote.


TOPICS: Activism; Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; birthcontrol; contraceptive; contraceptives; harrison; hhs; lcms; lutheran; lutherans; obama; obamacare; prolife; sourcetitlenoturl; waronreligion

1 posted on 02/10/2012 7:31:41 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

That is the very first part of the very first sentence to the very first amendment to the constitution.
Why doesn't Mr. Harvard constitutional expert know about it?

2 posted on 02/10/2012 7:42:48 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: oldbrowser; All

Obozo is against all religions. Except Islam.

btw who has the Lutheran Ping?


3 posted on 02/10/2012 7:47:23 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana

” - - - “We will stand, to the best of our ability, with all religious and other concerned citizens against this erosion of our civil liberty,” he wrote.”

If only our Congressmen and women would say and do the same - - - .

BTW, Rev. Harrison did use the phrase “to the best of our ability,” so maybe Congress really is limited only by THEIR ability. A good thing to remember in November, 2012.


4 posted on 02/10/2012 7:54:39 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: All

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Southern Baptists.

Are there any other pro-life Protestant denominations?


5 posted on 02/10/2012 10:04:47 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Morgana

I can certainly understand the desire to have laws/regulations that apply to all citizens equally. However, to achieve this without violating religious conscience means to me that there simply have to areas that governments at all levels (Federal, State and Local) do not enter. Obama is trying to eliminate all options other than a government program (which, if it is to be “just” as Hayek defines the term, means the same for everybody).

The only answer, IMHO, is to insure that private options (insurance/self-insurance) continue to be fostered -— and that the government cease dictating what will and will not be covered under those private plans.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 11:07:56 PM PST by Vesparado
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To: DNA.2012

I’ve seen individual evangelicals.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 11:27:15 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Morgana
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8 posted on 02/10/2012 11:28:12 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: DNA.2012

Yes


9 posted on 02/11/2012 5:37:48 AM PST by scbison
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To: Morgana
Obama has brought the LCMS and Sbc standing with the Catholics. That after being the best gun salesman ever.

Quite the accomplishment.

10 posted on 02/11/2012 7:06:39 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Morgana
Obama has brought the LCMS and Sbc standing with the Catholics. That after being the best gun salesman ever.

Quite the accomplishment.

11 posted on 02/11/2012 7:07:14 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Morgana; lightman; squirt; Freedom'sWorthIt; PJ-Comix; MinuteGal; Irene Adler; ...
This could use a Lutheran ping, lightman.

Also, to read LCMS President Harrison's full statement, plus some comments on it, go here:

Harrison issues "A Statement on Recent HHS Decision and Religious Freedom"

12 posted on 02/11/2012 7:20:23 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: Morgana
Missouri Synod bump.

Leni

13 posted on 02/11/2012 7:41:52 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...
Thanks to Charles Henrickson for the alert:



Lutheran Ping!

Christ is in our midst!

It is tragic that public opposition has come only from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

Conspicuosly silent are the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC, destination of many congregations that have departed the ELCA) and of course the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

The ELCA silence is because this apostate body has supported abortion and contraception without restriction through its employee benefit program for decades.

This silence of the LCMC is mainly because this decentralized body lacks a true spokesperson and has only issued one public statement in its 11 year history, that on the sanctity of Marriage.

14 posted on 02/11/2012 10:17:16 AM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Time for an LC-MS specific "Lutheran Ping'. What do you think of the layout and colors?



Lutheran (LC-MS) Ping!

Christ is in our midst!

15 posted on 02/11/2012 10:32:26 AM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman

Divinely inspired, no doubt.


16 posted on 02/11/2012 10:45:56 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: lightman; Mr. Lucky; Cletus.D.Yokel; squirt; Freedom'sWorthIt; PJ-Comix; MinuteGal; Irene Adler; ...
Time for an LC-MS specific "Lutheran Ping'. What do you think of the layout and colors?

While I've never been a big fan of that cross design, it is our LCMS logo, and it is instantly recognizable. You've even got it in (as we jokingly call it) "Purple Palace Purple."

One little change I would make is to take out the hyphen. Most of us just write "LCMS" rather than "LC-MS."

Now I suppose I would be the logical guy to maintain an LCMS Ping List. I don't anticipate it being high-volume, since we don't have many LCMS-specific articles posted here on FR.

I'm pinging my own ping list for this, the one that I use for when I post my sermons, since many of those folks are Missouri Synod people.

Anyone who would like to be on an LCMS Ping List, please let me know, either on this thread or via freepmail.

And/or if anyone would like to be on my sermon ping list, let me know that, too.

17 posted on 02/11/2012 11:11:09 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: lightman
It is tragic that public opposition has come only from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

I don't know if they have issued public statements yet or not, but the two largest conservative Lutheran denominations after the Missouri Synod, i.e., the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) would, I am fairly certain, share the LCMS position on this issue.

18 posted on 02/11/2012 11:15:53 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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To: lightman; Micki; flaglady47; oswegodeee
I love it!

It's strong....yet a restful, comfortable hue. The muted purple is perfect. This color signifies royalty....namely, our King of Kings.

Purple has a number of biblical references....Esther 8:15, Acts 16:14 and Judges 8:26 among others.

On a personal note, the color signifies Easter, i.e. the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord.

Since childhood church days, my pastors always wore vestments of white, gold and purple at Easter morning services. I think purple is a color we can all identify with.

The design itself is striking and unique.

Go thou forth, Lightman....and use thou this emblem for a Missouri Synod pingeth.

Leni

19 posted on 02/11/2012 11:26:55 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Charles Henrickson; lightman
Hi, Charles.....see my # 19. I forgot to add I didn't care for the hyphen, either. I always use "LCMS" when identifying myself as a Missouri Synod-ette.

Otherwise, the "logo" is very eye-catching. It's just great for LCMS threads on this forum.

Leni

20 posted on 02/11/2012 11:33:02 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Charles Henrickson
if anyone would like to be on my sermon ping

Please add me Pastor.

21 posted on 02/11/2012 12:53:46 PM PST by xone
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To: Charles Henrickson; lightman; MinuteGal

I seem to remember a long, heated discussion on a different board that specified the official title is “Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod”, but that the initials LCMS should never include the hyphen.

If there needs to be a separate LCMS Ping List, I’d like to be on it, but I hope that the Lutheran Ping List continues to include LCMS stories.


22 posted on 02/11/2012 1:48:37 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: lightman

You are surprised?


23 posted on 02/11/2012 1:51:57 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke
Not really.

Consider the "Seven Sacraments" of the secular left as articulated by RC Bishop Doran:

“The seven “sacraments” of their secular culture are abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation. These things they unabashedly espouse, profess and promote. Their continuance in public office is a clear and present danger to our survival as a nation

The ELCA champions at least five, possibly six.

24 posted on 02/11/2012 1:59:16 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: oldbrowser

He’s not any constitutional expert. He went to a little tiny liberal arts school someplace in California before he went to Harvard. Wait! How did that happen????


25 posted on 02/11/2012 10:57:34 PM PST by michigancatholic (Good for Bishop Rhoades!)
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To: lightman; Charles Henrickson; bcsco

The cross that never crosses!

Consider this my formal request to join the LCMS ping sub-list.

Or is that sub-ping list?


26 posted on 02/12/2012 8:08:17 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Relax, it's a joke! Don't get your magic knickers in a bunch!)
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To: lightman; Charles Henrickson; bcsco

The cross that never crosses!

Consider this my formal request to join the LCMS ping sub-list.

Or is that sub-ping list?


27 posted on 02/12/2012 8:08:33 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Relax, it's a joke! Don't get your magic knickers in a bunch!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Hiccup!

Shouldn’t have had my “breakfast of champions*” this morning!

* The breakfast of champions is available in 2 styles; (1) Cold KFC (original) and a Bud or (2) Cold pizza and any beer.


28 posted on 02/12/2012 8:13:12 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Relax, it's a joke! Don't get your magic knickers in a bunch!)
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To: lightman

He is and shall be!!!!

I’m very glad to see the Lutherans in the LCMS and the NALC join our Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North America (ALL of them!), and of course the Roman Catholic Bishops in opposing obama’s latest attempt to destroy the Christian Church and the sanctity of Life in our land!

http://www.aoiusa.org/blog/2012/02/65-orthodox-church-bishops-call-on-obama-to-rescind-the-unjust-contraception-mandate/

Southern Baptist leaders have also spoken out. I’d like to see the other conservative Lutherans and Anglicans join us, too!

We must all stand together!!!!


29 posted on 02/12/2012 9:06:57 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Honorary Serb
Southern Baptist leaders have also spoken out. I’d like to see the other conservative Lutherans and Anglicans join us, too!

Archbishop Duncan of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) was an early signer.

30 posted on 02/12/2012 9:12:51 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: oldbrowser

....Why doesn’t Mr. Harvard constitutional expert know about it?....

Because he’s NOT a Harvard-trained Constitutional Law scholar, but a Kendonesian muslim graduate of Alinsky “leadership” training sessions!!!!


31 posted on 02/12/2012 9:13:02 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: lightman

Good!


32 posted on 02/12/2012 9:15:59 PM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Morgana

BTTT!!!


33 posted on 02/13/2012 4:14:08 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Put me on the LCMS ping list, please.


34 posted on 02/13/2012 10:43:44 PM PST by Jacob Kell (Osama/Obama the only difference is BS.)
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