Evangelicals Sign Letter Opposing Birth Control Mandate

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Thousands of pastors and evangelical leaders have joined Roman Catholics in opposing President Obama's contraception coverage mandate.

More than 2,500 evangelicals signed a letter urging the president to reverse the requirement that church-affiliated groups carry insurance providing free birth control, including morning-after pills and sterilization.

"This is not a Catholic issue," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tenn., Monday.

"We will not tolerate any denomination having their religious freedom impinged upon by the government," he said.

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, agreed with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who promised to challenge the mandate both in court and in Congress.

"We are not going to stand by and allow our God-given rights, protected by the Constitution, to be atrophied, neutered, confined, and restricted," he said.

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