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Lutheran leader laments HHS mandate

Catholic World News - August 13, 2012

The president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod—the second-largest Lutheran body in the US—has joined with the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in decrying the HHS mandate.

“As representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod community and the evangelical Christian community, and as fellow Americans of faith, we stand in solidarity with our Catholic brothers and sisters against this mandate,” write Rev. Matthew Harrison and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. “This particular issue is greater than our religious divisions; instead, it goes to the very heart of religious freedom in this nation.”

“People of faith in this country must streamline our efforts to push back the end of religious freedom, which started officially on August 1,” they add. “We need to stand up and tell the federal government that religious people determine what violates their consciences, not bureaucrats. We have fought for a free conscience in this country, and we will continue this fight to insure that it remains.”

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