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First Amendment Freedom of ReligionWe applaud Rick Bezet, pastor of New Life Church of Arkansas, who has sent the following letter on Obamacare to Congress and is taking a stand for our religious freedom:

To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of New Life Church and our six complying campuses in Arkansas, I write to you concerning an alarming matter that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.

Last year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued rules requiring all health care plans to cover sterilization and contraception, including abortifacients. There was no conscience protection whatsoever for insurers or individuals with religious or moral objections to being forced to help pay the cost of these abortions and sterilizations. This is a direct attack on religion and our First Amendment rights.

In so ruling, our government has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to us our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we will be compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply—what Archbishop Dolan of New York correctly describes as “a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

We cannot —we will not— comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. Our brothers and sisters of all faiths, along with many others of good will, have already joined us in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. Generations before us can count on us to do the same.

Rick Bezet
Senior Pastor
New Life Church of ARKANSAS