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Belmont Abbey College Sues Federal Government Over Obamacare Mandate

McDonald's & teachers' unions get exemptions but Catholic and all religious colleges do not

"A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception, and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government would force the same monk to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounces," said Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "This is much worse than an un-funded mandate; it is a monk-funded mandate."

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College


WASHINGTON,DC (Becket Fund for Religious Liberty) - On November 10, 2011, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Belmont Abbey College over the "Affordable Care Act" (aka "Obamacare"), that forces the College to violate its deeply-held religious beliefs or pay a severe fine.

The heart of the lawsuit involves the recently issued Health and Human Services' mandate  that requires thousands of religious organizations to provide, against their conscience, contraceptives they consider to be abortifacients-namely Plan B and Ella-and sterilization.

Although the government has already provided thousands of waivers for a variety of special interest groups including McDonald's and teachers' unions, often for reasons of commercial convenience, it refused to accommodate religious organizations. Instead, the government permitted a religious exemption so narrowly defined that it prompted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to note that even Jesus' ministry would not qualify.

"A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception, and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government would force the same monk to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounces," said Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "This is much worse than an un-funded mandate; it is a monk-funded mandate."

The current exemption from the mandate excludes only certain religious employers whose purpose is to instill religious values and that employ and serve only individuals of their same faith. Accordingly, many religious colleges and universities will not qualify for the exemption.

Belmont Abbey, as a small Catholic liberal arts college, teaches that contraception, sterilization, and abortion are all against God's law. The government mandate forces Belmont Abbey and others to make the Hobson's choice of either violating their deeply-held religious beliefs or paying a heavy fine and terminating their health insurance plans for employees and students. 

"The mandate is nothing other than a deliberate attack by the government on the religious beliefs of millions of Americans," added Hannah Smith. "In the end, the government is forcing religious orders and believers to pay for services they find immoral or pay a stiff fine."

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund has a 17-year history of defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. Its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law. 

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The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all faiths.

Keywords: Belmont Abbey College, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, persecution



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1 - 4 of 4 Comments

  1. Sharon
    1 year ago

    It is truly an honor to be able to go to a school of the arts such as Belmont Abbey College. Who will truly stand and say for God I live and for God I die, standing on the true foundation of the word of God and not allowing this governmental system move them from their core values, moral values and their belif system, which is built on Jesust Christ and His righteousness. I am so glad that the Holy Spirit lead me here to obtain my Psychology degree. "What A MIGHTY God We Serve!" Belmont Abbey and others just remember these words from Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD. We will walk in this and we will stand and after we done all, we will still stand, because He(Christ Himself) Is our DEFENDER!!!!
    Thanks,

    Sharon,Student at Belmont Abbey

  2. Sp5 / 75075
    2 years ago

    I am praying and standing with you and the other colleges/universities in regards to the birth control mandate. Thank you for making your stand. The L-RD someday will be addressing this and other issues that we don't make a stand on. And it may be sooner than we think.
    Sp/75075

  3. Will
    2 years ago

    I agree. Do not we senior's who receive Medicare pay for a system that is also against our belief system as Catholice. Yet there is no alternative.

  4. Thanks be to God!
    2 years ago

    Thanks be to God, someone is standing up !
    May Belmont Abbey, as well as all who are being counted in the battle, be girded in the Strength of the Lord and walk in His complete protection, In the Name of Jesus.
    And thank you for the example of courage. May it inspire many.

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