The First Amendment of the US Constitution starts out with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
This guarantee of the free exercise of religion is once again being ignored by our socialistic Democrat run federal government. In August, the feds issued a new regulation as part of Obamacare. This new regulation requires all employer provided health plans to cover approved contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures.
This new regulation also applies to Christian institutions including churches and Christian colleges who believe that using any form of birth control that kills a fertilized egg is a form of abortion and goes against what the Bible teaches. Additionally the use of contraceptives for unwed staff is also a violation of God’s law pertaining to sexual relations and marriage.
Therefore, wouldn’t the new Obamacare mandate that forces Christian organizations to go against their faith be considered a violation of the First Amendment right to the free expression of religion?
That’s what Belmont Abbey College is intending to find out as they have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare.
Hannah Smith, an attorney with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty points out that the government does have a provision allowing for the exemption of some religious institutions, but adds that the qualifications for the exemption are so narrow that virtually no one can fully comply. Additionally, the feds have issued waivers to businesses, special interest groups and even teachers unions, but not to Christian institutions.
It makes sense the government would give a waiver to teachers unions as they are among the most liberal organizations in the country. However, I would be very interested to see if any Muslim institutions received waivers or exemptions for any provisions that goes against their faith?