"We do not stop being religious, moral people the moment we walk out of our houses of worship."
- L. Brent Bozell III
Sign the Statement of Support: The Media Research Center Sues the Federal Government
A seminal case for religious liberty, future of the MRC at stake.
UPDATE: Federal Judge delays ruling on MRC Lawsuit. Click here to read Brent Bozell's comments following the initial hearing.
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 injuction 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.