Two more evangelical Christian colleges have filed federal
lawsuits against the Obama administration over the Health and Human
Services mandate requiring them to provide insurance coverage for
Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuits
on behalf of Biola University in California and Grace College and
Seminary in Indiana. Attorney Matt Bowman says the disputed mandate
violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
"The federal government is
bound by the strictest level of protection of religious freedom
that exists under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," he
asserts. "The government in this case simply is completely
unjustified when it attempts to tell people of faith that they have
to choose between serving the community and spreading the Good News
on one hand, or facing crippling fines and penalties because the
government wants them to participate in the provision of
He says ADF is ready and willing to take these cases to the U.S.
"We think this is the kind of case where the U.S. Supreme Court
would take it and would ultimately rule that the federal government
cannot violate the First Amendment and religious freedom law by
forcing people of faith to abandon their faith," Bowman states.
ADF attorneys contend the mandate also violates the First and
Fifth Amendments to the Constitution.