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  • Obamacare and Religious Freedom

    Under a new Obamacare mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the White House is mandating that virtually all religious employers, with the exception of churches, provide health care coverage for contraception — including abortion-inducing drugs — thereby trampling upon their constitutionally guaranteed free exercise of religion.

    The Obama Administration’s actions, though entirely counter to the freedom of religion, should not be surprising given the nature of the President’s health care law. Obamacare has given the federal government broad power over one-sixth of the American economy and thereby purports to grant Washington the power to force religious institutions to take actions contrary to their faith. America’s religious leaders and the faithful have awoken to this wolf at their door and are lashing out in defense of their freedoms. Congress, too, should act now by repealing Obamacare and restoring the religious liberty that is so central to our way of life.

    Calls for Renewed Commitment to Religious Liberty after Obamacare Mandate Implementation

    Today marks the beginning of implementation of the anti-conscience mandate, and with it come calls for continued vigilance to demand greater protection of religious liberty. “On this day, let us renew our determination to reverse the mandate,” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) said in a statement released this morning. “The … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Anti-Religious Freedom Mandate Starts TODAY

    Yesterday, on the eve of its religious-liberty-crushing mandate taking effect, President Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) made an outrageous claim: The Obama administration will continue to work with all employers to give them the flexibility and resources they need to implement the health care law in a way … More

    Liberty-Crushing HHS Mandate Takes Effect August 1

    Tomorrow, the government’s liberty-crushing mandate that has elicited widespread outcry and led a federal judge to grant a preliminary injunction against the rule for a for-profit business will officially take effect. On August 1, Obamacare’s preventive health services mandate will be implemented, and with it the Health and Human Services … More

    Obamacare by the Numbers

    Looking for some straight facts on Obamacare and its impact? Here are some of the most important numbers you need to know about President Obama’s health law: 20 million. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that as many as 20 million Americans could no longer have their current employer-based health … More

    Morning Bell: Business Owners Battle Obamacare for Religious Freedom

    Two days from now, employers across America will become vulnerable to crushing government penalties for exercising their religious freedom. This isn’t exactly what lawmakers advertised when they pushed Obamacare, but it is part of the Obama Administration’s agenda—forcing nearly all employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization services. … More

    Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Business Owner in HHS Mandate Fight

    Colorado federal District Court Judge and Carter appointee John L. Kane granted a preliminary injunction Friday on behalf of Hercules Industries in Newland v. Sebelius. The injunction secured by Newland’s attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom is the first to be ordered by a federal court judge in litigation surrounding … More

    Hercules Halts Obamacare in Round One of Anti-Conscience Mandate Fight

    In Colorado on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge John Kane, a Carter appointee, granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of Hercules Industries, halting the government’s ability to enforce its anti-conscience mandate against the company while the lawsuit challenging the mandate continues in court. Hercules is a family-owned, for-profit company whose … More

    Geneva College Stands for Religious Freedom

    Dr. Ken Smith, president of Geneva College in western Pennsylvania, intends to pay a fine to the federal government rather than comply with the federal government’s mandate that forces institutions to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization to its employers. The mandate, scheduled to be effective on Aug. 1, could financially penalize institutions … More

    Season of Scorn for Religious Liberty

    As we mark Good Friday and Passover this year, Americans’ religious freedom has become palpably dearer. Religious expression is enduring a season of scorn from public and private sources alike. The most blatant abuse has come from the Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage … More

    Religious Practice Alive and Well in America

    A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans are very or moderately religious, a statistic that bodes well for individual well-being and the health of civil society. The study found that four in 10 Americans believe that religion plays an important role in their daily lives and frequently … More