More on Harrison…
LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison's February 16, 2012, testimony before Congress with representatives of the Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, and Jewish on the threat to religious liberty posed by the contraception mandate recently promulgated by President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services department has generated significant press coverage.
President Harrison testified in a hearing titled, "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?"
President Harrison testified: "I'm here because there is a narrow but very significant provision in the HHS provisions that is, I believe, very dangerous to religious people with our kind of convictions -- and it's also dangerous to any religious people with unique convictions."
Below is a brief catalog of press stories about President Harrison's testimony before congress on religious freedom:
Fox News posted a story titled, "Contraception ruling: Democrats accuse clergy of complicity with GOP at hearing." Fox News quoted President Harrison testifying, "While we are grandfathered under the very narrow provisions of the HHS policy, we are deeply concerned that our consciences may soon be martyred by a few strokes on the keyboard."
CBS News displayed its bias with a story titled, "Dems decry all-male House panel on WH contraception rule." CBS News quoted President Harrison, "Religious people determine what violates their consciences -- not the federal government. Please get the federal government, Mr. Chairman, out of our consciences."
CNN posted a story on their front page titled, "Culture War 2.0: The New Front Lines." CNN did not quote President Harrison.
Molly Hemingway wrote a clever-titled story, "A Lutheran, a Jew, a Baptist and a Catholic Walk Into A Hearing."
THOMAS MESSER, an LCMS pastor, wrote an op-ed piece, "Religious liberty on trial in America."
On Friday, Feb. 17, KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan interviewed LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison on his appearance before a House committee regarding the recent HHS mandate on health insurance and its mandatory coverage of contraceptives.
President Harrison's testimony before Congress can be seen here:
-- Posted by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations