Suing to protect your “guaranteed” religious liberty is frustrating, sad, but in these times and under this president, necessary.
Tyndale House, which publishes Bibles and other religious material, challenged Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. Pills that might induce abortions are also defined as contraceptives, and Christian-owned businesses don’t want to pay for, offer, or authorize third parties to offer these drugs to employees.
Christian Headlines reported that the Obama administration claimed Tyndale wasn’t “religious enough” for an exemption. Last week, a federal court disagreed and granted a permanent injunction against enforcement.
ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom] Senior Counsel Matt Bowman said, “Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government. That includes Bible publishers, who should be free to do business according to the book that they publish. In America, citizens have always had the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to operate their businesses accordingly. The Supreme Court upheld that principle in its Conestoga/Hobby Lobby decision last year, and the district court has rightly done the same.”
ADF represents a number of Christian individuals and businesses fighting to safeguard their religious freedom, including former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, terminated for criticizing homosexuality.