Dallas' Criswell College has filed suit against the ObamaCare
HHS mandate to provide free coverage in insurance exchanges for
College was founded by and named after W.A. Criswell, then
pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Jerry Johnson now serves
as president of the school and tells OneNewsNow why it is
taking legal action.
"We're currently renegotiating new health insurance,
which is something we do on an annual basis here at Criswell, and
this new mandate is going to require us to violate our religious
beliefs, because it would force us to fund something that's
contrary to the biblical values we stand for, particularly the
sanctity of innocent human life," he details.
Criswell has never violated its biblically based principles, and
Johnson asserts that "it's something we're not going to do."
"The government has betrayed us and certainly violated our
religious liberty in this," he contends.
Furthermore, Johnson does not think he, his faculty or the
students at Criswell should have to surrender their religious
rights when they step onto campus.
"This religious liberty ought to apply on every campus, and
that's why it's in the Constitution," he cites. "That's why it's in
the Bill of Rights. It's an absolute."
Criswell College is represented in the lawsuit by Liberty
Earlier this week the federal government lost
the first found in a legal battle with the Michigan-based Weingartz
Supply Company on the same issue. The judge issued an injunction
declaring that "the loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even
minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable