contraception, HHS Mandate, Religious Freedom

Liberty Institute Set to Answer the Call to Defend Religious Groups

Liberty Institute Set to Answer the Call to Defend Religious Groups

This summer, the Liberty Institute issued a statement condemning the passage of the HHS Mandate, which requires all employers in the United States to provide “abortifacient drugs and contraceptives” (PRNewswire via COMTEX), regardless of that employer’s religious affiliation. The Liberty Institute, a legal nonprofit group aiming to defend religious liberty throughout the United States in agreement with the principles of the nation’s founders, is taking a stand against the Government by preparing to defend the rights of American religious employers against the mandate.
The Liberty Institute states that “[n]o American should be punished by his or her government for simply living life as a person of faith in public.” And that is not a matter of opinion – it is a Constitutional fact. This nation was founded on the principles of freedom in all areas of a person’s life, as outlined by the U.S. Constitution, not those areas of an individual’s life that one President or one Congress chooses to acknowledge during their term. Yet, this Government that sits in Washington, DC today has chosen to force its beliefs and its values on employers across the country, regardless of the viewpoints and principles of those employers.
These employers that stand for something outside of what the mandate dictates, the majority of them religious groups that have a deeply moral obligation to reject the HHS mandate, now have an organization to stand behind: the Liberty Institute. And that is what the movement against this directive needs – a “tip of the spear” so to speak – someone to lead the fight in a legal approach against this atrocity which stands in opposition to the U.S. Constitution. While individual groups (employers) can organize rallies or write letters to Congress asking for the mandate to not apply to religious groups, legal action taken by the Liberty Institute will be the driving force in moving toward getting things changed.
One of the largest contentions that is driving the need for a change is the government’s definition of a “religious group/employer”. According to the Liberty Institute, the term is so narrowly defined that it barely applies to any group other than an organized church. Therefore, a Christian bookstore or Catholic supply store would not qualify as a “religious employer”, despite the fact that their beliefs are in direct alignment with (some) Christian beliefs that contraceptives are not to be used. This narrow definition of a religious employer has been noted by the Liberty Institute, and is a major point in their case against the Government as they begin legal proceedings to get the HHS mandate lifted for all religious groups and employers across the country.
In one of the most important stands for religious freedom, the Liberty Institute aims to help those religious groups whose voices would otherwise be drowned out by the mechanisms of Washington, DC. By taking legal action against the Government, the Liberty Institute is raising a battle standard that will not be so easy to ignore, and hopefully, for the sake of Constitutionality in all its forms, that battle standard will lead the way to victory for Freedom of Religion.

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