A small, but influential Christian college in Dallas has become the latest religious institution to file suit against President Obama's contraception mandate. The mandate requires employers to provide health insurance that offers free sterilization and contraception, including “morning after” birth control pills that can cause abortion. Criswell College, founded in 1971 by W.A. Criswell, the famed and fiery pastor of Dallas' First Baptist Church, declared in its suit filed November 1 that it would be “sinful and immoral for it to intentionally participate in, pay for, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which destroys human life.” The suit goes on to state that the college holds that “the Sixth Commandment ('thou shalt not murder') proscribes payment for and facilitation of the use of drugs and devices that can and do destroy very young human beings in the womb.”
Declaring Criswell's belief that “life begins at conception,” the suit charges that the regulations imposed by the mandate, rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services in August 2011, “trample on the freedom of Criswell College and millions of other American organizations and individuals to abide by their religious convictions and to comply with moral imperatives they believe are decreed by God Himself.”
In a statement Criswell's president, Dr. Jerry Johnson, emphasized that the mandate “requires us to violate our religious beliefs by forcing us to fund something that is contrary to the biblical values we stand for. We feel betrayed that the government is trying to use the force of law to make us change our religious beliefs and practice by forcing us to fund the taking of innocent life.”
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