Video: Biola University joins suit over HHS contraception mandate

posted at 1:46 pm on August 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Meet the latest litigants in the fight against the HHS mandate on contraception and sterilization.  Biola University’s entry into the fight is notable for a few reasons.  First, this is not a Catholic institution; its doctrine is specifically evangelical (as is Grace College’s), including an explicit statement of belief in the Rapture.  Its influence as a non-denominational center of Christian thought is significant.  President Barry Corey’s statement announcing the legal action shows near-unanimity with Catholic organizations and solidarity among Evangelicals on the actual stakes involved in the HHS mandate, for Christians as well as for the nation at large (via Frank Weathers at Patheos):

Biola University today joined a federal lawsuit to challenge the Obama administration’s unconstitutional mandate that faith-based employers provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

Filed by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys on behalf of Biola and Grace College and Seminary in Indiana, the lawsuit is the latest to challenge the controversial mandate established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Affordable Care Act.

“The Obama administration’s mandate forces us to act against our own doctrinal statement, which upholds the sanctity of human life,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “It unjustly intrudes on our religious liberty as protected under the U.S. Constitution and makes a mockery of our attempts to live our lives according to our faith convictions, time-honored and long protected.”

A few more points, more personal to me.  Biola is in La Mirada, California — just a couple of miles from the hospital in which I was born.  I lived within a couple of miles of the school as a very young child (until I was seven), and my grandparents lived just down the road.  My former intern, Amy Ritter, recently graduated from Biola University.  My mentor and very good friend Hugh Hewitt regularly interacts with Biola.

Biola will make an excellent ally against the HHS contraception mandate, which is every bit as offensive as Corey states, if not more.  It makes the fight less about any supposed animus toward Barack Obama by the Catholic bishops and more about the insult to religious liberty that it is.  Hopefully, we’ll see more religious organizations from across the ecumenical spectrum joining this fight.


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Bishop! University?

Red Cloud on August 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Kudos to Biola – & Wheaton College (in Illinois) as well.

22044 on August 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Um….wasn’t Mittens for the mandate before he was against it? LOL…what an ass clown – no different from Obama.

MoreLiberty on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I should just outlaw God, by executive order.

- Barack Obamuh

OhEssYouCowboys on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Religious people (except Moslems) have no right or place to opine.

Love and with all tolerance,
Obama and all the Left

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Yesterday Rick Warren and today Biola. We are on a roll.

mydh12 on August 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Great university. Nancy Pearcey, who is a first-class apologist and writer in the Francis Schaeffer tradition, teaches there. If we lived closer it would be on my kids’ shortlist for sure, when the time comes.

Spannerhead on August 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Um….wasn’t Mittens for the mandate before he was against it? LOL…what an ass clown – no different from Obama.

MoreLiberty on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Mandate people have health insurance, yes. Mandate religious institutions pay for drugs to kill unborn babies … not so much.

Try to keep your “mandates” straight.

Lost in Jersey on August 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Excellent

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I should just outlaw God, by executive order.

- Barack Obamuh

OhEssYouCowboys on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Why would they need God? They have me.

Archivarix on August 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

War against Catholics.

We are all Catholics now.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

O/T: Now on Drudge: that should be at least as blogworthy as a loaded media poll.

Archivarix on August 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

War against Catholics.

We are all Catholics now.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

If the health care act is a tax, according to Roberts, then it seems like these suits don’t have much of a chance.

dedalus on August 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Excellent

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

War against Catholics.

We are all Catholics now.

petefrt on August 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

So we all support the Living Wage and bitch about there not being enough social welfare programs?

mankai on August 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thank God that some are seeing that the real enemy of the left (and many on the right) is God and His faithful flocks.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

religious liberty as protected under the U.S. Constitution

Crazy talk. Everybody knows that the American Revolution and the Constitution are about securing the God-ordained rights to gay marriage and abortion.

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mankai on August 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Mandate people have health insurance, yes. Mandate religious institutions pay for drugs to kill unborn babies … not so much.

Try to keep your “mandates” straight.

Lost in Jersey on August 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Did you miss the fact that the pay for the babykilling drugg is only because of the mandated insurance? Nuance all you want but Oromney opened this Pandora’s box.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Hey how come our bylines(?) are centered? Is this an Obama mandate?

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

In my impatience to save the Republic, I may have fallen into the idea of thinking that the economy comes first, so perhaps we should let go of the moral issues for now to save the country.

This HHS fiasco has been a wake-up call for me.

What we face is evil, and the moral lapse of liberalism is a symptom of the disease, the same disease that lets them unthinkingly kill the unborn, encourage sexual perversion in all its forms (natural and unnatural), and encourage people not to work for themselves. Evil must be defeated on all fronts, at the same time.

I’m sure I’m not the only young Libertarian who has, belatedly, perhaps, awakened from his Ronulan fever to recognize this.

JoseQuinones on August 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Religious people (except Moslems) have no right or place to opine.

Love and with all tolerance,
Obama and all the Left

Liam on August 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Out of curiosity, do we know of any major Muslims leaders or organizations in the country opining on this matter either for or against the mandate?

philoquin on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Good to see my alma mater getting in this fight. I agree with it wholeheartedly … nice to see a little sanity coming out of California for once.

OrbeaRider66 on August 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Out of curiosity, do we know of any major Muslims leaders or organizations in the country opining on this matter either for or against the mandate?

philoquin on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Muslims are exempt from the mandate. Their faith does not allow insurance. Catholic faith does not allow abortion or contraception, but they’re less likely to blow stuff up or lop off heads if they don’t get their way, so screw ‘em, right Barky?

Trafalgar on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I realize that a few of the Lutheran flavors are rather liberal, but has the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod jump into one of these suits yet? It’s pretty conservative.

Shifting gears, this issue is a complete loser for Obama. I can only guess that he views it as the left’s first attempt (of many) to take down religion in this country.

BuckeyeSam on August 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

There is an important distinction between Biola and the Catholic universities which are also suing. Biola is not affiliated with a specific church or denomination. This is significant, because it could be argued that as a ministry of the Catholic church, Catholic universities are protected. Biola would not find that same protection. Instead, it is arguing that as people of faith, they have the right to hold to their beliefs regardless of government requirements.

As an institution, Biola does have a doctrinal statement, but Biola University is not a church, so there is a distinction.

The next distinction down this road is the religious business owner, who does not have a doctrinal statement, and whose business is not owned by a church, but who adheres to a morality which finds this objectionable. I’m interested to see how far down the chain the government plans on permitting religious liberty to exist.

As an aside, I am a student at Biola.

dcman98 on August 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hopefully, we’ll see more religious organizations from across the ecumenical spectrum joining this fight.

Should be all, at least among Evangelicals. Can this be a class action (I’m not an attorney)?

Instead, it is arguing that as people of faith, they have the right to hold to their beliefs regardless of government requirements.

The bsaic meaning of the first part of the first amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof). Not rocket science to understan. Don’t know why some (politicians, esp.) do not get it.

We visited Biola with our younger daughter, but it was very far from home (Indiana.)

IrishEyes on August 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I’m interested to see how far down the chain the government plans on permitting religious liberty to exist.

dcman98 on August 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

That’s an interesting turn of phrase and indicates the danger of this administration. They think they get to determine who has religious liberty and under what circumstances, in complete and utter disregard of the Constitution.

Trafalgar on August 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

As the list of litigants grows, it becomes more and more apparent that The Obamassiah and Her Highness of Health Care have bitten off more than they can chew.

GarandFan on August 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Biola used to ban dancing.

Nothing like making it against the rules, to make slam-dancing scratchy 45s in a windowless garage feel so great! lol

cane_loader on August 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Did you miss the fact that the pay for the babykilling drugg is only because of the mandated insurance? Nuance all you want but Oromney opened this Pandora’s box.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Did you miss the part where mandated insurance can exist without mandating baby killing drugs?

I’m not a fan of Romneycare by any means, but to suggest that it stomped on religious liberty the way this HHS mandate does is just downright stupid.

Lost in Jersey on August 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Praying more Christian universities join in! Kudos to Biola!

indyvet on August 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

…Good!
…need more!

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

My wife attended Biola, great school and not a knee-jerk Todd Akin style atmosphere. Thoughtful Christianity at it’s finest.

Little known fact about Biola, John Thune matriculated from here. As did Betty Page. Yes, that Betty Page.

adurb44 on August 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Um….wasn’t Mittens for the mandate before he was against it?

MoreLiberty on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

No.

writeblock on August 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM