In this update, Attorney Gibbs discusses his past ministry, the future of the NCLL, and how the NCLL is ready to stand with you by defending the values we hold dear. Click "Read More" below to access the letter!
Happy Independence Day from your friends at the NCLL! This July Fourth, we are reminded of our American heritage and how thankful we should continually be to live in a country that was founded upon the Scriptures. God has called me—and our group of attorneys and support staff—to partner with you so we can work together to see America return to its Biblical roots. Will you please pray for us as we are helping churches, litigating cases, and working through several legislative initiatives? It is our hope and prayer to continue to serve you for the remainder of 2014 and beyond. We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with your families!
The U.S. Supreme Court held today in a 5-4 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, that a closely held corporation is exempt from Obamacare’s contraceptive/abortifacient mandate when abortion violates the religious beliefs of the corporate owners. However, the decision is very limited. It specifically states that this religious exemption, made under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)—not the First Amendment—is specifically limited to the contraception/abortifacient mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and should not be extended to other insurance issues, like vaccinations or non-medical mandates, where other public policy mandates might override the religious accommodation under RFRA.