Congress is on a deadline — and organizations dedicated
to forcing religious dogma into American law are taking advantage of this
opportunity to wield their influence. It’s time for secularists to answer back.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have until
Sept. 30 to agree on a spending bill or continuing resolution for fiscal year
2014. Because any Congressional spending measure must originate in the House,
religious groups are vigorously pushing representatives to introduce amendments
that give preferential treatment to their religious beliefs.
For example, the Family Research Council has called upon
its members to call and write representatives to demand an amendment that would
allow employers to block employees’ equitable access to birth control. This is
nothing but a full-on attack on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act’s birth control coverage mandate.
We’ve been through this before: the birth control
mandate is both
medically safe and constitutionally sound. Furthermore, the Center for
Inquiry believes that religious freedom protects an individual’s right to make
choices based on their own conscience — but
it does not give an individual, in the name of their religion, the power to
restrict other individuals’ choices. Laws should be based on reason,
scientific evidence, and humanist values — not religious dogma or
Yet the FRC and its members continue to press lawmakers
to adopt their twisted version of “religious freedom” and their sectarian,
unreasonable, and unscientific arguments against birth control.
can help stop them. CFI’s Office of Public Policy works every day to
defend secular values on Capitol Hill — but, to best fight efforts by religious
extremists seeking to enshrine their dogma into law, we need your help!
Take this opportunity right now to tell your
representative what you think about the role of religion in policymaking, and
to demand they support laws based on sound science, secular principles, and
Please call or write your representative on Capitol
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