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Faith, religious freedom 'not gov't-driven'

Charlie Butts   ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Missouri-based plumbing products manufacturer is the latest to challenge ObamaCare's controversial mandate.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company in its case against the mandate, which forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions -- under penalty of heavy fines -- to cover free contraception, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilizations under insurance exchanges.

Theriot, Kevin (ADF)"The Constitution doesn't allow the government to decide what faith is, who the faithful are, or even where they exercise that faith," contends ADF attorney Kevin Theriot. "It's not the job of Washington bureaucrats to confine faith to inside homes or inside churches. Faith and religious freedom [are] God-given, not government-driven."

On the subject, lead counsel Jonathan R. Whitehead has stated that "forcing Americans to ignore their faith just to earn a living is unprecedented, unnecessary, and unconstitutional."

The Kansas City-area firm was founded in 1957 by Martin Ismert, Jr., and it is still operated by his Catholic family. So far, more than 40 Christian business owners, religious-based schools and other institutions have filed lawsuits against the mandate.

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