And the lawsuits have begun. Today, two major non-church, faith-based organizations have decided to take it to the courts. Fighting the Obama administration for its alleged violation of First Amendment rights, EWTN filed a suit today and Priests for Life issued a news release that it was filing suit as well.
This morning dawned with an announcement in the center of the civil rights movement where EWTN, the global Catholic broadcasting network, based in Irondale, AL, a Birmingham suburb, filed a lawsuit in US District court. The suit is made more significant because although the organization is Catholic, it’s not a church but a broadcasting network that supports a religious stance. The National Catholic Register story reports that “the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the public-interest law firm that recently won a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in Hosanna Tabor v. EEOC, a closely watched First Amendment case. Becket is representing EWTN pro bono.”
Naming Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies, as defendants, the suit declares this is a violation of religious freedom. Michael Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN, says in the story: