College claims 'absolute' right to protect the unborn

Friday, November 2, 2012
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Dallas' Criswell College has filed suit against the ObamaCare HHS mandate to provide free coverage in insurance exchanges for abortion-inducing drugs.

Criswell 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.

Johnson, Jerry (Criswell College)"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 Institute.

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 injury."

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