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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Religious Freedom

Posted by on March 24, 2016 | comments
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Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated case including the Little Sisters of the Poor, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) and other Christian organizations.  The question is whether the Department of Health and Human Services, citing ObamaCare’s employer mandate, can legally force religious non-profits to take actions they believe to be morally wrong, specifically, providing or asking others to provide on their behalf, employer-sponsored health insurance that includes abortion-inducing drugs and other reproductive services.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “This case is a key test of First Amendment religious freedom protection, and of the intended, sweeping effect of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. In January, I joined with 207 members of the House and Senate in submitting a friend of the court brief in support of the Zubik v. Burwell petitioners.”

Four Oklahoma-based Christian universities including OKWU, located in Bartlesville in Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal appellate court overturned a favorable lower court ruling. The Supreme Court could issue a decision as early as June.

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