US President Barack Obama announces that religious employers will not be mandated to offer free contraceptive coverage for workers at the White House in Washington, DC, February 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room at the White House on February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama announced a reversal of his administration's health care rule requiring religious employers to provide women free access to contraception.
According to Land, the adjustment in the mandate requiring all employers — including religious organizations — to provide birth control is “a distinction without a difference.”
“My initial reaction is: How dumb does he think we are?” Land wondered in an interview with The Daily Caller. “Does he think when he puts lip stick on a pig, that we don’t understand that it is still a pig?”
“Let’s just take Southern Baptists, there are 16 million of us, almost all of us are covered by a self-funded insurance program called GuideStone,” he said noting that all kinds of people are insured through the program. “So when he says ‘well you don’t have to pay for it, your insurance company will,’ our insurance company is a Southern Baptist insurance company, it is self-funded through the domination, so it is totally unconscionable for them to provide abortifacients. We don’t have the same problems with contraception that the Catholics do, but we respect those concerns.”
Indeed, on Friday GuideStone issued a statement to that effect, saying in part that the changes to do not take into account self-funded church insurance programs like theirs.
“This self-funded approach to health care coverage, which is common among many historic and large church plans, was completely ignored by the President in his comments,” the group said in a statement.
Land added that there are numerous religious groups that have self-funded programs such as GuideStone
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has selected University of Virginia’s Head Football Coach Mike London as the recipient of the 2011 FCA Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award and former Duke University and Rice University Head Football Coach Fred Goldsmith as the recipient of the 2011 FCA Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award. Both coaches were recognized during the FCA Breakfast held January 11th at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Coach Mike London is in his second season at the helm of the University of Virginia football program and led the Cavaliers to an impressive 2011 campaign tallying an 8-4 record and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. He also earned the 2011 ACC Coach of the Year award. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, London built a top-notch program at the University of Richmond leading them to a 24-5 overall record in two seasons. London led the Spiders to a NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) National Championship (2008) and NCAA Division I FCS quarterfinal appearance (2009). His efforts earned him FCS National Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association and Schutt Sports/American Football Monthly magazine as well as the Black Coaches Association Male Coach of the Year in 2008. Coach London has also served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Virginia, NFL’s Houston Texans, Boston College and the College of William and Mary. Read more >>
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