Young America's Foundation Intern Scholar Jolie Stuart-Davis explains that all religious groups should fear for their freedom because, with government out of control, they could be next:
This week, Wheaton College joined several other colleges and universities to fight for religious freedom.
The ObamaCare contraception mandate, which is at the center of Wheaton's legal challenge, would force the college, as well as other universities, to provide their employees with insurance coverage that goes against their religious beliefs.
“This alliance marks the first-ever partnership between Catholic and evangelical institutions to oppose the same regulation in the same court,” the school’s Website says in its announcement of the lawsuit.
According to the school's community covenant, the community strives to "uphold the God-given worth of human beings, from conception to death, as the unique image-bearers of God." Providing employees with abortion-inducing drugs would be in direct conflict with the school's covenant.
Mandating similar drugs and birth control be provided to students on a school insurance policy lead to the conflict earlier in the year with Catholic University of America and several other Catholic schools. Universities are being forced to drop coverage to avoid compromising their church teachings.
This law is an attack on religious freedom. If government can force a school to go against its religious foundation, what else can it do?
The first amendment guarantees freedom to practice any religion and the HHS mandate is in direct conflict with the many Christian faiths.
As a practicing Catholic, I am disappointed with this administration's attack on the Constitution. But this attack is not limited to the Catholic and Christian faiths. All religious groups should fear for their freedom because, with government out of control, they could be next.
To date, Wheaton College is the 24th institution to challenge the HHS mandate. The Supreme Court ruling in June addressed the individual mandate, but not the conflict between the HHS mandate and religious freedom. This gives the schools the opportunity to challenge the HHS mandate separately.
Let's hope the Court doesn't rule it can "tax" away our religious freedom, too.
Editor’s Note: Jolie Stuart-Davis is a Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar at Young America's Foundation.