Religious liberty decision is praised

State Rep. John Paul Jordan applauded a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remand Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts:

“Zubik v. Burwell consolidated Southern Nazarene v. Sebelius a case I originally filed for a number of Christian universities challenging the requirement for contraception coverage in Obamacare,” Jordan said. “I want to praise the Becket Foundation and the Alliance Defending Freedom for defending religious liberty and taking this case forward after I was elected to represent District 43 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“I am proud of my work and the work of my colleagues standing with four Oklahoma universities in leading the nation to consider the overreach of Obamacare into private religious practice. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower court and the Obama Administration’s ‘accommodations. Freedom of religion is foundational to our culture and no one can run over people of faith or demand they change their religious practice to serve the preferences of the White House.

“Obamacare is about the federal government interfering with our way of life and is inconsistent with our liberties and our idea of limited government. I am encouraged by the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion yesterday and remain confident that the fight against infringement of our First Amendment religious rights will continue.”

Zubik v. Burwell is the combined lawsuit of The Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life and several religious universities including Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America University that claimed that providing birth control to employees via insurance plans was a violation of the organizations’ religious beliefs.