If Pastor Charles R. Swindoll's international Bible-teaching ministry does not comply, it faces fines of $100 per day, PER EMPLOYEE . . .
This week, Liberty Institute filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Insight for Living Ministries—the Bible-teaching ministry of well-known ministry leader, Pastor Charles R. Swindoll, founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas—seeking judicial relief from the Federal Government’s Abortion Pill Mandate.
The Federal Government’s Abortion Pill Mandate requires that even Christian ministries like Insight for Living Ministries must facilitate, participate, and assist in actions resulting in the provision of potentially life-threatening drugs and devices, which could harm or kill a fertilized egg.
"Our government should never force any religious ministry to violate the very faith that motivates their ministry," said Jeff Mateer, Liberty Institute's General Counsel. “Americans oppose laws and regulations that force people of faith to abandon the beliefs that motivate their service to God. And Insight for Living Ministries was founded to preserve and defend the unborn under the belief that life begins at conception in the womb.”
Liberty Institute President & CEO Kelly Shackelford added: “The government has no right to force Christian ministries to violate their faith. This mandate is unconstitutional.”
SEEKING A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO AVOID SIGNIFICANT HARMS
Because Insight for Living Ministries’ sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit it from following the mandate, the Christian non-profit faces and is subject to a $100 per day per employee fine and/or the loss of its insurance coverage. Insight for Living Ministries has dozens of employees, and this fine would cause a severe economic consequence for this vibrant, international outreach.
Insight for Living Ministries is seeking a preliminary injunction so that it does not have to face significant harms of fines and/or the loss of its insurance coverage, while the case makes its way through the court system.
“The Obama Administration thinks the ‘religious accommodation’ solves any conscience problems,” said Matthew Kacsmaryk, Liberty Institute’s Deputy General Counsel. “But it still requires Pastor Swindoll and Insight for Living Ministries to formally and materially cooperate in the provision of abortion-inducing drugs or services. It is our hope that the District Court will follow the Supreme Court’s example in Hobby Lobby and grant an injunction for Insight for Living Ministries.
“Our nation was founded by religious dissenters who fled statist persecution and ratified a First Amendment that guarantees the Free Exercise of religion for all, giving rise to the proud American tradition of conscientious objection,” Kacsmaryk continued. “Given that there are several less restrictive means available to the federal government—for example, the absolute exemption afforded churches, voucher programs, or direct subsidies to the end user—it is appalling that the Obama Administration requires Pastor Swindoll and Insight for Living Ministries to press the red button that ultimately dispenses abortion-inducing drugs.”
HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF FAITH-BASED MINISTRIES
Without the financial and prayer support of concerned Americans like you, Liberty Institute would not be able to represent Insight for Living Ministries and other Christian non-profits, schools, and organizations that are challenging the federal Abortion Pill Mandate.
But because of our unique strategy model—including America’s best attorneys who take religious liberty cases pro bono (free of charge)—we are confident we will prevail.
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