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Georgetown Congressional Panel on Religious Freedom and HHS Mandate Same Day as Obamacare Ruling

A panel at Georgetown University on religious freedom and the HHS contraceptive mandate that will feature members of Congress has a time slot that guarantees people will want to hear what the panelists have to say: 10 o’clock Thursday morning, the last day for the Supreme Court to hand down its historic ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare. The HHS contraception mandate, which U.S. bishops have described as a threat to religious freedom, doesn’t go away if the Supreme Court overturns the so-called individual mandate, which requires all citizens purchase a product (health insurance). That is why a discussion on the mandate on the day of the ruling has the potential of becoming a hot ticket for those who care about preserving our religious freedom. All the speakers are pro-life. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R., Neb.), the featured speaker, is joining Congresswomen Diane Black (R., Tenn.) and Ann Marie Buerkle (R., N.Y.), and Congressman Dan Lipinksi (D., Ill.) in what is billed as “a conversation” about the mandate and religious freedom. The forum will be held at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall. Reservations (here) are required. Thomas F. Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, will moderate the conversation. Farr recently warned U.S. bishops that religious freedom is in a “global crisis.” The press release for the panel states:
Organized at the same university HHS Secretary Sebelius and law student Sandra Fluke all shared their particular perspectives on health care, this forum provides a counter point discussion on the importance of protecting Americans’ individual rights and rights of conscience.
Fortenberry, by the way, a graduate of Louisiana State University, holds an M.Div. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

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