Texas Defends against Obamacare’s Assault on Freedom of Religion
Attorney GeneralFebruary 23, 2012, 4:27pm 1,787 views | Post a comment
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after Texas and several states challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s rule that compels religious organizations to provide health coverage that conflicts with their moral and religious beliefs:
“Obamacare’s latest mandate tramples the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion and compels people of faith to act contrary to their convictions. The President’s so called ‘accommodation’ was nothing but a shell game: the mandate still requires religious organizations to subsidize and authorize conduct that conflicts with their religious principles. The very first amendment to our Constitution was intended to protect against this sort of government intrusion into our religious convictions.”
• The rule conflicts with the First Amendment’s basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech and association.
• The rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring the federal government to troll through an organization’s religious beliefs to determine whether the organization is religious enough to be exempt from the rule’s mandates.
• The rule’s practical effect will force religious employers and organizations to drop health insurance coverage, which will effect increased enrollment in state Medicaid programs and state-subsidized hospitals and medical centers.
The state coalition includes Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. The co-plaintiffs are Pius X Catholic High School, The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, Catholic Social Services, Stacy Molai and Sister Mary Catherine, CK.
For more, click link below.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Breaking News Archives
24 senators introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood (July 29, 2015)
Crews battle out-of-control grass fire near Jackson Nature Park (July 29, 2015)
Traffic alert: Northbound I-37 closed near Campbellton (July 29, 2015)
DPS Offers $5,000 Reward for Most Wanted Fugitive from Seguin (July 28, 2015)
Poth police hunt for alleged prowler (July 24, 2015)
STPR Association welcomes Trump in South Texas (July 23, 2015)
UPDATE: Officials confirm ID of driver killed in U.S. 181 crash (July 15, 2015)
La Vernia city secretary loses job (July 12, 2015)
Cornyn has 'grave concerns' about Iran deal (July 7, 2015)
Fairview Road to be closed July 7 (July 6, 2015)
San Antonio Missions receive World recognition (July 5, 2015)
Rush-hour wreck slows U.S. 87 traffic near La Vernia (July 2, 2015)