Dennis Rainey, the head of the large evangelical organization FamilyLife, issued an urgent plea to friends and supporters on Friday. His request focused on the federal government mandate forcing religious organizations to provide contraceptive care regardless of their beliefs. After much controversy surrounding the bill, lawmakers extended the deadline for compliance but have refused to recognize the convictions of religious organizations. Here is what Dennis Rainey had to say:
About two years ago, Barbara and I were privileged to be two of the original signers of the Manhattan Declaration, along with other Christian leaders, such as Chuck Colson, Dr. James Dobson and Kay Arthur. This important document outlines God’s plan for three matters of eternal significance: the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty. Barbara and I both believe signing the document is one of the most important things we’ve ever done. I would strongly encourage you to sign this declaration and make a stand for spiritual liberties and rights of conscience.The writers of the Manhattan Declaration will present a petition to President Obama this week to express their strong disagreement over the federal mandate disregarding the conviction of the sanctity of life.
To sign the petition click here. You can learn more about the Manhattan Declaration here.