By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.
The Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule apparently weren't clear enough. The National Association of Evangelicals, seeking to give more guidance to church and congregational leaders on how to conduct themselves, has issued what is believed to be the first "code of ethics" for pastors.
Five years ago, a few activists in the "green" Christian movement secretly sought signatures among their allies in the liberal "social gospel" ranks to support a statement, while also picking up a few respected names such as that of "Purpose Driven Life" pastor Rick Warren and former National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson for support, and published "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action."
"The Obama administration should have done the right thing and dropped the contraception mandate, or at least should have exempted all religious organizations," said Leith Anderson, the association's president.
Mr. Anderson said the National Association of Evangelicals is planning to create a similar ethical code for church congregations that will outline proper conduct for members of a church as well as the clergy members who assist the pastor.