BLOGZubik Case Illustrates Importance of Christians Showing Up in Court to Fight

By Marissa Mayer Posted on: | June 21, 2016

One of the most talked-about Supreme Court cases of the year, Zubik v. Burwell, has drawn national attention to the plight of religious nonprofits at the hands of an overreaching federal government.

Alliance Defending Freedom represents five Christian universities, whose two cases were consolidated with five other similar cases in Zubik.

The problem for these religious nonprofits is simple: the Obama Administration is forcing Christian colleges, priests, and even nuns to provide coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance plans against their respective religious beliefs.

While simple problems often have equally simple solutions, the Obama Administration refused to respect the religious beliefs of these nonprofits. Instead, the Administration continued to pursue schemes that made the nonprofits complicit in actions that violate their faith, including hijacking their health plans.

Thankfully the United States Supreme Court stepped in.

In May, the Court unanimously vacated seven lower court rulings that sided with the government. Basically, the Court is telling the Obama Administration to work with the religious organizations to fashion a solution that doesn’t coerce religious nonprofits to violate their beliefs.

Amen to that.

The bottom line is that if the Obama Administration wants to ensure that female employees of religious nonprofits have access to contraception and abortifacients, then the government can find another way to provide them. There is no reason to involve employers with sincerely held beliefs about the sanctity of human life—especially when the Administration has made accommodations for so many others who do not have to participate in this unjust and unnecessary mandate.

These religious nonprofits have fought long and hard for their freedom, and they may have more fights ahead of them if the Obama Administration is determined to push its agenda as far as possible. But the important thing is that the nonprofits are fighting.

Like Geneva College graduate Celia Harris, who stood outside the Supreme Court with her fellow students and dozens of nuns on the day of oral arguments said, "I am thankful for Geneva, Little Sisters of the Poor, and all of the other amazing religious universities and organizations who stood firm and helped protect the freedom to peacefully live out our faith for my generation and the generations to come."

Did you catch that? These people, who want to peacefully live their own lives just like the majority Americans, had to take a stand. I'm sure these Christian universities were doing just fine until the Obama Administration came up with its ridiculous abortion-pill mandate, but when enough was enough, they took action.

It's a reminder to all of us how important it is stand against efforts to eliminate our God-given freedoms. For our own sake and for the sake of those who will come after us.


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Alliance Defending Freedom is committed to advocating for your right to freely live out your faith. But we can't win if we don't have the funds we need to show up in court. And no one who is ever willing to stand up for faith and freedom—like the Christian universities involved in Zubik who we will continue to defend—should ever have to stand alone.

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Marissa Mayer

Senior Web Writer

Marissa Mayer is an Arizona native who fell in love with the written word at a young age.

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