It is not just Christian institutions that are challenging President Obama’s contraception mandate. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri businessman who argues that the mandate, which forces him to provide free birth control for his employees through their health insurance, violates his constitutionally protected religious freedoms. CNSNews.com reported that the suit, the first filed against the mandate by a business owner, requests a permanent injunction banning the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from requiring individuals and institutions with religious objections to abide by the mandate.
The Catholic businessman, Frank R. O’Brien, owns St.-Louis-based O’Brien Industrial Holdings, which operates several companies (including Christy Refractories, Christy Minerals, and others) that explore, mine, and process refractory and ceramic raw materials. The business has 87 employees.
O’Brien argues that his Christian convictions are key to the operation of his business. According to its website, the company’s mission is to “make our labor a pleasing offering to the Lord while enriching our families and society,” a reference to Ephesians 6:1-9. Additionally, the website explains, the conduct of employees “is guided by the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments.”
ACLJ attorney Francis Manion, who is representing O’Brien, said that his client is very devout. “He’s got a religious statue in the lobby of his office,” Manion explained. “That’s what religious diversity and pluralism is all about. There are certain companies that you know don’t do certain things.”
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