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Court halts health care mandate against Tyndale

Monday, 19 November 2012 12:13 PM EST

In a victory for faith-based companies, a federal court Friday, Nov. 16, stopped enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, which filed a health care lawsuit against the government Oct. 2.

In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote that “the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable. … Christian principles, prayer and activities are pervasive at Tyndale, and the company’s ownership structure is designed to ensure that it never strays from its faith-oriented mission.””The court has no reason to doubt, moreover, that Tyndale’s religious objection to providing insurance coverage for certain contraceptives reflects the beliefs of Tyndale’s owners,” the court continued. “Nor is there any dispute that Tyndale’s primary owner, [Tyndale House] Foundation, can ‘exercise religion’ in its own right, given that it is a nonprofit religious organization; indeed, the case law is replete with examples of such organizations asserting cognizable free exercise and RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] challenges.

“Tyndale House, based in Carol Stream, Ill., is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles and digital media, directing 96.5% of its profits to religious nonprofit causes worldwide. The publisher specifically objects to covering abortion pills. The court’s order is the third nationwide against the health care mandate, according to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

See entire story @ http://www.christianretailing.com/index.php/newsletter/latest/25040-court-halts-health-care-mandate-against-tyndale-house

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