March 1, 2012
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the Senate’s defeat of the Blunt Amendment addressing the contraceptive mandate.
“We are outraged by the Senate’s decision to kill the Blunt Amendment. If the government can tell its citizens that their First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom and conscience is subject to
its dictates, then the First Amendment offers no protection to people of faith.
"Make no mistake, the Senate vote was not about contraception but about the right of people of faith to be able to live out the values of their faith free from government coercion. This insensitive response to our pleas to the Senate to protect religious freedom from government coercion cannot go unchallenged.
"We will continue to press this battle for freedom to the very end. We call on all people who love liberty to join us in this must-win struggle against government tyranny.”
The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.2 million members in over 44,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.