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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 8: U.S. President Barack Obama poses with contraception activist Sandra Fluke during a campaign stop at the Auraria Events Center August 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images) DENVER, CO - AUGUST 8: U.S. President Barack Obama poses with contraception activist Sandra Fluke during a campaign stop at the Auraria Events Center August 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)  

Obama administration employs absurd arguments to defend contraceptive mandate

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Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark
Executive Director, Associate Counsel, ACLJ

Not only is religious liberty under a full-fledged assault from the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate, so is apparently any semblance of logic.

Late New Years Eve, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted an emergency stay temporarily blocking application of the Mandate to one particular group challenging the regulation.

The HHS Mandate forces all employers, regardless of their religious beliefs, to pay for and provide insurance coverage for all forms of contraceptives, including abortion pills.

The fact that Justice Sotomayor granted the emergency injunction is not a surprise. The Supreme Court has already agreed to consider two cases by Christian owned for-profit businesses challenging the mandate. However, this was the first non-profit case to be addressed by the high Court.

Now in the case at hand, a religious charity, Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, challenged the Mandate. Yes, you read that right; the Obama Administration was attempting to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their deeply held religious beliefs by purchasing contraceptives and abortion pills.

It’s like a bad Hollywood script – an abusive and corrupt government attempting to force nuns to buy contraceptives and abortion pills in direct contravention of their religious liberty.

Yet, this week the script got a lot worse.

Little Sisters for the Poor, a Catholic non-profit organization, provides health insurance for its employees. Like many other non-profits and for-profit business alike, the nuns operate their charity according to their faith. If it isn’t painfully obvious already, their faith itself is the entire reason for their existence as an organization. And like many other faiths, the sanctity of life is a vital part of their religious beliefs.

News flash: Nuns, as a general rule, don’t support or pay for abortion in any way shape or form.

You don’t have to be a Catholic, a Christian, or even religious at all to understand that forcing Catholic nuns – or a Christian pro-life group for example – to pay for something the directly violates a core tenant of their faith is not only wrong, it’s unconstitutional.

After months of strong public pressure, the Obama Administration attempted to appease people of faith by proposing an “accommodation” of religious liberty.

That “accommodation” was nothing more than a PR slight of hand, an accounting gimmick, in order to pacify, and in actuality fool, the opponents of the abortion-pill mandate into complacent submission.

Now, the Obama DOJ has actually attempted to make a legal argument out of this nonsense.