Christian Counselors Need to Defend the Integrity of Religious Freedom
With Health Care Law demanding religious employers pay for controversial birth control methods that contradict their religious beliefs, a battle between church and state has emerged. On one hand the church calls for religious freedom, while on the other hand, the state calls for fair health compensation for women who want birth control. I feel it is the duty of Christian Counselors to be defenders of religious liberty. Regardless, the case continues to intensify and no compromise seems in the distant future.
Dan Gilfoff writes…
(CNN) – The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.
An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.
“Religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad,” the American bishops said in a new document titled “Our first, most cherished freedom.”
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Christian Counselors have a responsibility to defend the Church and religious freedom by the very nature of their counseling status. If you are interested in Christian Counseling, please review the program.
As a certified Christian counselor, you will be able to help others understand their own problems better in the light of Christ.
Mark Moran, MA