"We do not stop being religious, moral people the moment we walk out of our houses of worship."
- L. Brent Bozell III
Update: The Media Research Center Sues the Federal Government
A seminal case for religious liberty, future of the MRC at stake.
UPDATE: MRC Exempt From ObamaCare Mandate
Bozell: ‘Victory for Freedom of Religion and Conscience Rights’
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I am thrilled to announce that the Media Research Center has entered into an Agreed Order of Dismissal with the U.S. government ending our lawsuit to block enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Services mandate, which forces people of faith to subsidize health insurance plans that include abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.
The Agreed Order of Dismissal confirms that there is no imminent threat to the MRC from the government, and leaves the MRC free to reopen the suit should the government challenge the MRC’s self-declared exemption in the future.
This is a major victory not only for the MRC, but any organization that believes in freedom of religion and the conscience rights of individuals to operate their enterprises free from the threat of government reprisal.
6/30 UPDATE: Read Brent Bozell's statement following the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of religious exemption for Hobby Lobby
'Hobby Lobby' decision seen as victory for religious freedom and positive sign for pending MRC case.
"The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a great victory for the First Amendment and religious freedom. In preserving the nation's first freedom, the court rejected the government imposing its will and agenda on people of faith who run companies and organizations. It also rejected the government's heavy handed attempt to punish these corporations and citizens through financially ruinous faith fines the government sought to impose on people who choose not to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. We are confident that this decision helps pave the way for the preservation of the Media Research Center's (MRC) First Amendment rights in our religious freedom case now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia."
- L. Brent Bozell III, Founder and President
June 6 Update: Federal Judge Delays Ruling on MRC Lawsuit -- Potentially 'Ruinous Fines' Still Hang Over MRC
A federal judge on Friday decided to delay ruling on the Media Research Center's (MRC) request for a preliminary injunction against the Obamacare contraception and abortion drug mandate, saying he wanted to study the matter further and would issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.
“This lawsuit is about religious freedom and the conscience rights of individuals to operate their enterprises free from government coercion, reprisal, or punishment.
We are happy following today’s proceedings and believe Judge Lee heard and understood our case. We are confident that we educated the court about the ruinous fines the MRC faces in the event that the injunction is denied, and are optimistic moving forward.
While awaiting a ruling, the MRC and its employees will continue to exercise our First Amendment rights by practicing and abiding by our faith in our everyday lives including in the operation of our mission-oriented non-profit organization.”
- L. Brent Bozell III, Founder and President
When the ObamaCare mandate forcing religious institutions to subsidize contraception, abortifacients, and sterilizations went into effect in January 2012, it caused a massive uproar.
And not just among conservatives and people of faith. In fact, even some liberal columnists were appalled. The broad opposition to the mandate stemmed from a fundamental question about whether the state has the right to force people to violate their sacred beliefs. It was that simple.
In the face of intense opposition from all sides, the Obama Administration made some cosmetic changes to the mandate, without addressing the core issue at hand, which was religious liberty.
The mandate now exempts Churches and other “eligible organizations.”
But to qualify as an “eligible” organization, the non-profit must, and I quote, “hold itself out as a religious organization.”
The law, however, is unclear as to what exactly that means. Who is “eligible” has been left for bureaucrats to decide.
If they were to determine that the MRC does not “qualify” for Constitutional protection, we face crushing fines totaling $12,500 per day or $4.5 million per year, starting from May 1, 2014. These fines would put the MRC out of business.
As a result, we have been forced to assert our rights in federal court. We will take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Please stand with us in this fight. Our future depends on it.