Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Proposed HHS Rule Violates First Amendment Rights of Faith-Based Groups

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

On Friday, the Obama Administration proposed a new rule regarding the HHS Mandate that unfortunately continues the Administration’s efforts to limit the First Amendment rights not only for religious ministries, but also for all Americans.

On its surface, the new proposed rule appears to expand the definition of faith-based organizations exempted from the HHS mandate. This expanded exemption, however, is misleading at best. For many religious ministries, including Christian colleges and other para-church ministries, the proposed rule will continue to facilitate objectionable insurance coverage for employees of these faith-based organizations, including coverage for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.

“The Obama Administration appears to care much more about politics than about the religious conscience of citizens and religious groups,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute. “In delivering this so-called compromise, the President disrespects the religious liberty rights of Christian colleges and other para-church ministries, while continuing to require faith-based businesses and individuals to provide and pay for insurance coverage to which they have religious objections.”

“The Administration could have easily fixed this problem, by respecting America’s First Freedom – the freedom of religion – and proposing a new rule that exempted all Americans who have a religious-based objection to the HHS mandate,” added Shackelford.

The mandate is a massive intrusion into the personal healthcare decisions of U.S. citizens, and it continues to blatantly infringe upon American’s religious freedom. Through your prayers and support, you can help us defend organizations across America that are choosing to fight back and take a stand for their First Amendment rights.

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