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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

More than two dozen lawsuits have been filed against the ObamaCare mandate that requires employers to provide free coverage of contraceptives, abortion pills and sterilization. The latest suit comes from Tyndale House Publishers.

Tyndale is the largest privately held Christian publisher of Bibles, Christian books and digital media, yet it is subject to the mandate for for-profit corporations that are considered categorically non-religious -- even though Tyndale is owned by a non-profit foundation that provides grants to meet physical and spiritual needs of people worldwide.

Bowman, Matt (ADF)Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Bowman tells OneNewsNow, "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," the attorney continues. "Tyndale House Publishers 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."

The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide the coverage under the threat of heavy penalties. The attorney says that puts Tyndale in a precarious position -- either dump its religious convictions, or be punished for remaining true to the faith.

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