We Shall See, Justice Kennedy, We Shall See…
by Dr. Everett Piper
Oklahoma Wesleyan University received word this past week of an adverse ruling from the 10th Circuit Court regarding our lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. We will appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States.
In case you are unaware, the reason for our lawsuit is simple and clear: Under the guise of Obamacare, the department of Health and Human Services and the department of Internal Revenue Services, with the blessing and direction of the Obama Administration now claims they have the right to require that Oklahoma Wesleyan include the provision of abortifacient drugs in its employee health insurance package. This is a requirement that we, and our co-plaintiffs (which include a Catholic Order known as the Little Sisters of the Poor), view as immoral and untenable. It is a compromise of our First Amendment rights that we cannot and will not accept.
For context, consider the mission statement of the Little Sisters of the Poor which states that it is an “international congregation of Roman Catholic women” offering “the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ… and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.” In other words, this is a Catholic order of nuns who have pledged their lives to obey Christ and serve those who are dying.
In similar fashion, OKWU’s mission reads as follows: “As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.” We, like the Little Sisters, believe the Bible is preeminent in all matters of faith, learning and living.
Perhaps it’s obvious, but because of the gravity of the issue at hand, maybe a reminder is in order…
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