Tyndale House, one of leading Bible and Christian book publishers, has filed the latest high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraception mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance plans that cover free contraception, including drugs like “ella” and “Plan B” that can cause abortion. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has exempted churches and some religious organizations from the mandate, it has refused to do so for others such as Christian schools, that insist the mandate violates their Christian convictions, as well as private businesses guided by religious values.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the conservative legal advocacy group that is representing Tyndale in the suit, explained that that its client has been subjected to the mandate “because Obama administration rules say for-profit corporations are categorically non-religious, even though Tyndale House is strictly a publisher of Bibles and other Christian materials and is owned by the non-profit Tyndale House Foundation. The foundation provides grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.”
ADF senior legal counsel Matt Bowman said it is obvious that “Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish. To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd. Tyndale House is a prime example of how ridiculous and arbitrary the Obama administration’s mandate is. Americans today clearly agree with America’s founders: the federal government’s bureaucrats are not qualified to decide what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.”
In the lawsuit Tyndale explains that it was forced to take legal action “because the federal government has deemed devout publishers of the Bible to be insufficiently 'religious' to enjoy religious freedom in America. The federal government is mandating that Tyndale House Publishers violate its and its owners' beliefs by covering morally objectionable items in their health plan pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.”
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