The suit says:
"The Mandate forces employers and individuals to violate their religious beliefs because it requires employers and individuals to pay for and provide insurance from insurance issuers which fund and directly provide for drugs, devices, and services which violate their deeply held religious beliefs."
In what may seem somewhat poetic, CEO of Beckwith Electric, Thomas Beckwith is a descendant of settlers who arrived in America in 1626 to escape religious persecution in England. His ancestors in Connecticut fought against the British during the American Revolutionary War.
Beckwith is active as a member of the First Bapist Church of Indian Rocks, a Southern Baptist congregation.
Beckwith Electric was founded in 1967 by Thomas Beckwith's parents. The company employs 168 full-time employees. It provides micro-processor based technology that is used to protect power systems generators, transformers and power lines.
Thomas Beckwith says that he endeavors to "lead the company under God's direction and God's principles." He provides his employees with benefits which include medical insurance, pharmacy, dental insurance, vision insurance, group life, voluntary group life, short term disability, long term disablity, long term care, Flexible Spending Accounts, Emergency Travel Assistance, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Profit Sharing, Educational Assistance, Due Time (Paid Time Off), 8 Paid Holidays, and a free-of charge membership at the L.A. Fitness Gym. [Lifenews.com]
The lawsuit has been filed by The Thomas More Law Center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center said, “By promulgating the HHS Mandate, the Federal Government intentionally declared war on people of Faith. The Law Center is privileged to represent Thomas Beckwith, a man who not only states what his Christian Faith stands for, but takes action to defend it.”