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It has taken a little while, but the federal lawsuit Louisiana College filed against the Obama Administration earlier in the spring is now getting some national attention.
On Tuesday, Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio and The Blaze - a website affiliated with Glenn Beck - both ran stories about the lawsuit filed on behalf of LC by the Alliance Defense Fund that challenges as unconstitutional the Administration's mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.
From Starnes' article:
"The president of Louisiana College said his school’s lawsuit against ObamaCare will go forward and vowed to defy the law even if the courts rule in favor of the Obama administration.
'If the government continues to say that we have to do this, we will not do it,' President Joe Aguillard told Fox News. 'There’s going to be, in my opinion, a constitutional crisis. We’re not going to do it.'"
"Aguillard said even if the courts rule against the college, there is no way they will comply with the law.
'I guess President Obama will have to come down to Louisiana College with whatever means they want to stop us,' he said. 'We are going to have, as we say in French, a tete-a-tete.'
Aguillard said the battle with the federal government has united the 106-year-old college.
'They can’t imprison all of us,' he said. 'They can’t fight all of us. We are greater than the Dept. of Justice.'"
Later on Tuesday, The Blaze also picked up on the story. While paraphrasing Starnes' reporting, the writers at The Blaze offered this conclusion:
"So would an entire college refusing to comply with the Federal government be, as Aguillard suggests, a constitutional crisis? Probably not, largely because constitutional crises tend to involve particular branches of government taking each other on, rather than private entities taking the government on. However, it would be a law enforcement crisis, and would probably produce highly damaging optics for the government. We can only imagine the kind of lurid coverage one could get out of seeing random college administrators being shoved into vans. However, based on previous precedent, it would be more likely to force the administration to issue waivers for the contraception mandate, not retract it for everyone. Still, it’s an encouraging story for those who support religious freedom in this country."
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