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Church of Nazarene pledges support for Hobby Lobby's anti-abortion stance

Regional Church of the Nazarene leader says the denomination supports Hobby Lobby and its anti-abortion stance, despite the Rev. Lance Schmitz's recent petition presentation against the Oklahoma City-based retailer.
by Carla Hinton Published: October 2, 2012

“The Southwest Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene and the Church of the Nazarene, International affirms our partnership with Hobby Lobby for the good of our communities and all humanity. The generous and compassionate works of Hobby Lobby to alleviate poverty, injustice and suffering are well-known to the Southwest Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene and we do not support any form of boycott or petition advocating such. Our relationship with Hobby Lobby in regard to Biblical Christian values is a positive and mutual one.”

Cooper ended his statement by stating the Church of the Nazarene's stance in favor of the sanctity of human life.

“As to the views and beliefs regarding the sanctity of human life, the Church of the Nazarene has made it clear in the Manual (the guiding beliefs and polity of the Church) that ‘The Church of the Nazarene believes in the sanctity of human life and strives to protect against abortion ... All human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God ... and therefore, to be nurtured, supported, and protected. We oppose induced abortion by any means, when used for either personal convenience or population control. We oppose laws that allow abortion.'”

Schmitz could not be reached for comment Monday. A spokesman for Hobby Lobby said the retailer did not have a statement on Monday.

Last week, Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Hobby Lobby has no concerns about contraception but the business' owners feel that paying for drugs that induce abortion would violate their Christian beliefs.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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