Mass Appeal: Evangelicals Copy More of Catholic Playbook to Oppose Contraception Ruling
"Sometimes they take too long to respond because they want to get their ducks in a row," Beckwith said.
Americans appear divided on whether contraception must be provided by religious employers. Among those familiar with the debate, 48 percent support an exemption for religious institutions that object to the use of contraceptives, while 44 percent say they should be required to cover contraceptives just like other employers, according to a February poll from the Pew Center. A 2010 survey from the NAE and Gallup showed that about 90 percent of evangelicals believe hormonal and barrier methods of contraception to be morally acceptable. However, the Pew poll found that evangelicals are more likely than Catholics to believe that religious groups should be exempted; 68 percent of evangelicals favor an exemption, compared to 55 percent of Catholics.
"Questions about the proper use of our sexual powers are irreducibly religious because they're connected to what the good life is and how we treat others," Beckwith said. "People can make a distinction between what they believe and the right of others to hold different views."
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Other Christianity Today articles on the contraception mandate include:
Erasing Women: How Both Sides Contribute to the Media Blackout on Female Pro-Lifers | We could work harder to prevent unfortunate photo-ops. (February 20, 2012)
Where the Women Were During the House Contraception Mandate Hearing | The effort to tarnish religious freedom concerns as sexism is clever but wrong. (February 17, 2012)
Obama Does Not Widen Religious Exemption for Contraceptive Mandate | The burden to cover contraception shifts to the insurance companies, but an earlier exemption for religious groups will not change. (February 10, 2012)
Evangelicals Mounting Concerns over Obama Administration's Contraceptive Mandate | Protestants are increasingly joining Catholics in protesting Health & Human Services mandate. (February 3, 2012)
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