by Dr. D ~ November 29th, 2012
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Here’s an important case that broke on Monday that I did not notice until this morning.
The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Liberty University and now requires the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to reevaluate their case against the HHS mandate. It is all about religious liberty and whether the government can force a religious institution to pay for insurance that provides for abortion and abortifacients.
From Citizen Link:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a petition seeking a rehearing on behalf of a Christian university challenging the ObamaCare employer insurance mandate requiring businesses to provide health care insurance with abortion coverage.
Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in 2010, the same day President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In Liberty University v. Geithner, the university and two individuals are challenging the government’s employer mandate and its constitutionality. The lawsuit is also challenging the individual mandate, which requires an individual purchase the insurance covering abortions in cases where an employer does not provide it.
Response: With the reelection of President Obama, Obamacare is now going to be implemented for sure. However, the HHS mandate against religious organizations needs to be challenged in court and the Liberty U case is among the first to get there with many others to follow.
This is all about religious liberty and whether the Obama administration has the power to define what is ‘religious enough’ to receive an exemption from their HHS mandate. So far, the Obama administration has been demanding allied religious ministries to follow the mandate even if it is in conflict with their religious teachings and conscience.
The ruling of the Supreme Court is just the first salvo and at least now the 4th Circuit will not be able to ignore the case. It is not over by a long shot but it is encouraging that SCOTUS now seem to be ready to address this issue when ever it does end up in their court on appeal. *Top
Here’s a link to the Christian Post article on this same issue: “Liberty University ‘Obamacare’ Challenge Can Continue, Supreme Court Says”