Tyndale House Publishers is awaiting a court decision on its
objection to the HHS mandate that requires free insurance coverage
of abortion-causing drugs.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys went
before a federal judge in the District of Columbia today (Friday),
arguing that the mandate infringes on the religious freedom of the
Bible publisher, which is owned by a foundation and spends most of
its profits in grants to religious organizations worldwide. ADF
attorney Matt Bowman was there and said the government expressed
the "narrow view" that a Bible publisher that gives away its money
to charity is not actually exercising religion.
"The government went so far as to say that even if
this were the church itself, it would lose its free exercise of
religion claim," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is a government that
says that it can pick and choose what religion is, who can exercise
religion and where they can exercise it, and can basically say that
nobody can do it except in maybe in the four walls of your church
-- maybe not even then."
Bowman adds that in this case, the government is "attempting
essentially cut the First Amendment out of the Constitution."
"So that people don't really have religious freedom anymore
because the government has declared that they are all engaged in
secular activities," he continues. "That is something that is
incompatible with freedoms that Americans have always possessed,
and we're hopeful that the court system is not going to let the
government attack people's religious freedom and force them to be
involved in abortion pills."
ADF expects a court decision soon. Tyndale had filed
suit October 2 on behalf of the Carol Stream, an Illinois-based
organization owned by a foundation.