Health care law forces choices that violate Christian university’s mission

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219 media@becketlaw.org

April 2, 2015, Houston Chronicle

ETBU should never have been put in this position. Freedom of religion – which includes the freedom to believe and act in accordance to your beliefs no matter what the government says – is our most fundamental right. Our rights, after all, do not come from the state; therefore, the state cannot take them away.

Unfortunately, the federal government has devoted countless hours and resources to fighting those who object in the courts – and the Becket Fund has spent the last four years fighting for a fair exemption for religious employers. Apparently, the government really needs to beat down on Americans who don’t sign onto their agenda. These Americans include ETBU, 29 other universities, and religious charities like our clients, the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who literally beg to support their homes for the elderly poor.