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Nuns sidetracked from mission because of Obama Administration mandate

Founded in 1839, Little Sisters of the Poor is a Colorado non-profit organization, purposed to serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked enforcement of contraception mandate
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked enforcement of contraception mandate Justin Sullivan, Getty

This year marked their 175th anniversary. They have helped and continue to help the elderly poor out of love for God and for following the lead of Jesus in caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. They, like most Christians, believe in His standards and in trying to stay true to them day-to-day as much as is within our courage and ability to do so.

The organization of Little Sisters of the Poor have a system of beliefs. One belief is that sterilizations, abortifacient chemical birth control, and artificial contraception are wrong. The individuals within the organization are entitled under the First Amendment to that belief and to live their lives accordingly. The organization they have established is entitled to give as they choose within their stated mission, vision, and belief system.

The Obama administration disagrees. Through HHS, Obama told the sisters they must change their ways and act in accordance with his new laws.....or else

Under mandate, Little Sisters of the Poor is required to submerge their beliefs in order to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs for those who should themselves be financially responsible in regard to their own actions.

In short, if the group wishes to continue providing help to the needy, they must violate their religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life or instead pay IRS fines which could be in the millions-of-dollars range.

They requested an injunction; and from the Supreme Court, they have gratefully received a temporary injunction.

Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund, which represented Little Sisters, commented:

“We are delighted that the Supreme Court has issued this order protecting the Little Sisters. The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people–it doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.”

“Virtually every other party who asked for protection from the mandate has been given it. It makes no sense for the Little Sisters to be singled out for fines and punishment before they can even finish their suit.”

The Court under Justice Sotomayor also ordered the government to respond to the Little Sisters’ application.

In 37 pages, the government response was made this past January. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) found their response to be deceptive. Under the cloak of legalese, the government basically claims Little Sisters can file a religious exemption. However, since they (Little Sisters) are not classified strictly as a religious employer, they would still be forced to participate in practices they are against by having to hire a third party to provide contraceptive/abortion services to their employees.

This month, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief.

New York Post, 1/3/2014 "The Obama argument is astounding. The gist is that the nuns really aren’t religious enough to qualify for the church exemption. The administration backs up that position with hefty fines for the Little Sisters if they don’t cave."

Christian Post, 1/4/2014 "'The Little Sisters of the Poor should be spending its time and resources helping the poor, not having to fight the Obama Administration over a clear-cut violation of its right to free exercise of religion,' said the group (Liberty Counsel), an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family."