Advancing Religious Liberty
11/20/12 at 12:38 PM 1 Comments

Range of Recent Legal Victories is Ample Cause for Thanksgiving

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears

It’s easy – too easy – in the aftermath of elections to be discouraged by votes that don’t go our way. In an upcoming column, I’ll share with you about several Alliance Defending Freedom cases impacted by elections around the country, and what those decisions mean for the future of religious freedom in America.

But this is a season of Thanksgiving, and all of us at this ministry have so much to be grateful for, as our gracious God has showered us, even in the last few weeks, with a series of important victories in a variety of cases from all over the country. A brief sampling:

In Washington, D.C., a federal court has stopped enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Tyndale House Publishers. The administration opposed the order, arguing – ironically – that the company, which publishes Bibles, isn’t religious enough for an exemption from the mandate. In fact, Tyndale, based in Carol Stream, Ill., is the world’s largest privately-held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media and directs 96.5 percent of its profits to religious non-profit causes worldwide. The publisher specifically objects to covering abortifacients, per a component of ObamaCare that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.

The court’s order is the third nationwide against the mandate and the second obtained by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.

In Houston, Texas A&M University has agreed to revise its student organization funding policy in the wake of a lawsuit filed by our attorneys after officials denied funds to a conservative student group while approving funds for other groups. Under the revised policy, Texas A&M will no longer bar religious and political groups from obtaining funding from money collected through student fees.

In Tampa, Florida, a federal court has suspended two policies behind a Florida school’s ban on religious invitations while a lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School Board moves forward in court. Our attorneys filed the suit on behalf of a 4th-grade student prohibited from handing out Easter egg hunt invitations to fellow students during non-instructional time.

These are only a few of the victories God has given us in the last month – I’ll have more to share with you in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please join me in giving thanks and praise to our good God and wonderful Savior for His great faithfulness to us, His endless mercies on the work of this ministry, and the freedoms He continues to make available to you and I and our children and grandchildren in this extraordinary land.

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