Bible Publisher Not Religious Enough to be Exempt from HHS Mandate

by Washington Times | October 2. 2012

Tyndale House, a (non-Catholic) publishing company, has joined the 30 cases and over 80 individuals suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its "preventive services" mandate.  According to the administration's abnormally narrow religious exemption to the HHS mandate, a company that publishes Bibles is not religious enough to be entitled to protection of its First Amendment free-exercise rights.

Tyndale House explains in its lawsuit that the HHS mandate requires the company to pay for abortion-inducing drugs contrary to its religious principles. Tyndale House is named after English Reformer William Tyndale, who the government of Belgium executed for "heresy" in 1536.

Representing Tyndale House, senior attorney Matt Bowman with the Alliance Defending Freedom comments on the abnormal narrowness of the HHS mandate's religious exemption: "To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd."




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