Christian, Muslim: Contraception Mandate 'Wrong'

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Two prominent women from two different faiths are speaking out against the president's contraceptive mandate.
Asma Uddin and Jeanne Monahan told the House Judiciary Committee it's wrong to force religious groups to violate their faith.
Uddin is a Muslim and an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
She told lawmakers that men and women "seek the freedom to live in accordance with their sincerely held religious beliefs."
Democrats on the committee argued that all women should have access to free contraceptives. But Uddin dismissed that reasoning.

"If the government mandated everything that had positive health benefits, it could possibly mandate that everyone drink red wine for heart health even though it violates the religious beliefs of Muslims," Uddin added.

Monahan, who works for The Family Research Council, also objected to the mandate.

"The contraceptive mandate is an unprecedented directive, which deeply conflicts with religious and conscience freedom protections the American people currently receive," she told the House panel.

"In our democratic society governed by the U.S. Constitution, it is not the role of this administration to dictate what does or does not violate another person's conscience on matters as critical as life and death," she said.

Monahan made it clear she wasn't questioning President Obama's motives.

"As C.S. Lewis said, you can be sincere and sincerely wrong," she said. "We don't question the president's motives, but we think he is wrong."

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