Wheaton College Joins Catholic University against U.S. Federal Mandate

Posted: July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Wheaton College Joins Catholic University against U.S. Federal Mandate · July 25, 2012

Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts institution in Illinois, has joined The Catholic University of America in filing a lawsuit in a Washington D.C. District Court against the contraception mandate issued under the health care law.

“I think the fact that evangelicals and Catholics are coming together on this issue ought to be a sign to all Americans that something really significant in terms of religious liberty is at stake,” said Dr. Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College. The college opposes both drugs and procedures that cause abortion, he said, and “we should not be coerced to provide these services… Distinctively Christian institutions are faced with a clear and present threat to our religious liberty,” he said.

A U.S. federal mandate will soon become effective in which employers, including religious institutions, must include contraception, sterilization and early abortion-causing drugs in insurance plans free of charge. Most houses of worship are exempt, but not religious institutions, because they serve other faiths.

This is the first time that a Catholic and evangelical institution have partnered to oppose the same regulation in court.

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, said “that he welcomed Wheaton College and was happy to stand in solidarity with his evangelical brothers. The fact that Protestant colleges are joining in the lawsuits against the mandate shows that the issue is not merely a Catholic one, Garvey said.

Nearly 60 Roman Catholic plaintiffs have filed a total of more than 20 lawsuits against the mandate.

The joint lawsuit marks a new step in cooperation between Protestants and Catholics on social issues. While the fight to influence this legislation may be a good one, the inter-religious unity will certainly drive these Protestants and Catholics together more tightly.

“God’s Word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. The Great Controversy, page 581


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Evangelical college joins Catholic University in mandate lawsuit


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