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Baptist Colleges Sue Obama Admin Over HHS-Abortion Mandate
Life News ^ | October 9, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 10/09/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT by NYer

Further proving that opposition to the Obama administration’s HHS mandate is not limited to Catholic groups, two Baptist-affiliated colleges filed their own lawsuit today against the HHS mandate that promotes abortion.

Today, East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) and Houston Baptist University (HBU) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking the court for relief from the Department of Health and Human Services’ “preventative services” mandate, which forces the Christian Universities to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay severe fines.

“Baptists in America, by virtue of their history, are particularly sensitive to coercive government actions that infringe on religious liberty,” says Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed suit this morning on behalf of the two universities.

“America’s first Baptist leader, Roger Williams, had to flee Massachusetts and found a colony in Providence, Rhode Island, because his religious beliefs were not tolerated by the laws of Massachusetts. We shouldn’t have to fight for that same right today,” Rassbach added.

East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University’s religious convictions prevent them from providing their employees with access to abortion-causing drugs. The Universities’ lawsuit aims to preserve their religious liberty and the right to carry out their missions free from government coercion.

“Baptists have always advocated religious liberty, and religious liberty is what is at stake in this situation,” says Dr. Samuel Oliver, President, East Texas Baptist University. “As the famous Baptist preacher, George W. Truett once remarked, ‘A Baptist would rise at midnight to plead for absolute religious liberty for his Catholic neighbor, and for his Jewish neighbor, and for everybody else.’ We are rising today to ensure that religious liberty, the first freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, is protected and preserved.”

The two Universities face fines of over $10 million per year, per institution, if they do not comply with the HHS mandate, the Becket Fund said.

“While we are always reluctant to enter into lawsuits, the government has given us no choice,” says Dr. Robert Sloan, President, Houston Baptist University. “Either we violate our conscience or give in to the administration’s heavy-handed attack upon our religious freedom. We will not comply with this unconstitutional mandate, and we plead with our government to respect the liberties given by God and enunciated in the Bill of Rights.”

There are now 33 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). The Becket Fund is leading the charge along with other pro-life legal groups like the ACLJ and Alliance Defending Freedom. Becket also represents Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Wheaton College, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University.

A new poll shows that, by a 20-percentage point margin, Americans oppose the HHS mandate the Obama administration put in place that requires religious employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; baptist; deathpanels; hhs; obamacare; zerocare

1 posted on 10/09/2012 3:13:52 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic solidarity ping for our Baptist brothers and sisters.

2 posted on 10/09/2012 3:15:15 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer


3 posted on 10/09/2012 3:19:37 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: NYer; GiovannaNicoletta; F15Eagle; .45 Long Colt; Buddygirl; Former Fetus; Bockscar; Graybeard58; ..

Baptist\Catholic\all Christians ping

4 posted on 10/09/2012 3:32:06 PM PDT by WKB (After 4 years of Obama I am ready for a little R and R!!)
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1 John 2:18 KJV

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22 KJV

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3 KJV

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7 KJV

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

5 posted on 10/09/2012 3:36:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: NYer

Thank you.

May it always be so.

We need no further division and must present a common solid front toward the enemies of all Christians & Jews......

And any who cherish religious freedom of all men.

6 posted on 10/09/2012 3:37:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: NYer

Fightin’ fundies are not going to take this one lying down.

7 posted on 10/09/2012 3:38:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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8 posted on 10/09/2012 3:39:51 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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Thanks NYer.

9 posted on 10/09/2012 4:17:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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All Christians — and ANY person of faith, or no particular faith, who believes in the freedom guaranteed us under the Constitution — must join in this struggle.

10 posted on 10/09/2012 4:26:02 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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We’ve got a little bit of a Catholic-Baptist alliance going here in Upper East Tennessee over Life/Religious Liberty issues. I should say “Baptist-Catholic,” since there’s about 40x more Baptists than Catholics. I love ‘em, and that’s for sure.

11 posted on 10/09/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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I wonder if my Baptist college will get involved in this...

After all these decades they still have the same wonderful Christian conservative man for the president...

12 posted on 10/09/2012 5:46:13 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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Catholic solidarity ping for our Baptist brothers and sisters.

You go, Baptist Universities! Stand firm!

13 posted on 10/10/2012 8:57:12 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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