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Christendom College joins fight against contraceptive mandate

By Kim Walter

Front Royal-based Christendom College has joined 15 other Catholic universities in signing on to a legal brief which supports lawsuits filed against the Obama administration over a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate.

The mandate, a regulation under the Affordable Care Act, requires religious colleges to insure both employees and students for sterilization and contraception. The brief supports two schools, Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College, that are demanding immediate exemption from the mandate.

"Christendom College is proud to stand with Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College against the imposition of the anti-life agenda of the Federal government," said Donna Bethell, the college's Chairman of the Board, in a release sent out this week. "We and all the other institutions and individuals who are in this fight to recognize that our liberties are threatened, indeed they have already been denied by President Obama. This is not an accident, an witting error ... and indicates that if he gets away with suppressing religious liberty ... he will feel free to attack the rest of the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights."

The brief was authored and filed in October by attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian nonprofit organization.

Earlier this year, lawsuits filed by Belmont Abbey and Wheaton colleges were dismissed by two U.S. District Court judges. The judges didn't rule on the merits of the cases, but instead said that the colleges hadn't suffered any harm because of the mandate.

In August, the "safe harbor" provision was granted by the Obama administration, which has delayed federal enforcement of the "contraceptive mandate" until August 2013.

However, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty called the safe harbor "illusory" in a consolidated appeal filed Oct. 5.

"Even though the government won't make religious colleges pay crippling fines this year, private lawsuits can still be brought, schools are at a competitive disadvantage for hiring and retaining faculty, and employees face the specter of battling chronic conditions without access to affordable care. This mandate puts these religious schools in an impossible position," it says.

The brief argues that mandatory contraceptive coverage will not have a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies.

"There are options for reducing unwanted pregnancy and making contraception widely available that are far less restrictive than forcing religious employers to include it in their insurance plans," Christendom's release states.

The Belmont Abbey/Wheaton College case has attracted numerous amicus -- friend of the court -- briefs from numerous Catholic institutions, including the Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

"Anyone who cherishes freedom of speech and of the press and the right of assembly and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, all guaranteed by the First Amendment, must join this fight to protect religious liberty," Bethell says.

The schools' case will be heard Dec. 14 in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or kwalter@nvdaily.com

51 Comments |

    Your "church" doesn't have to abide by the mandate, but all your businesses DO.

    If your faith is so grand, why do you have insurance to begin with?

    "There are options for reducing unwanted pregnancy and making contraception widely available that are far less restrictive than forcing religious employers to include it in their insurance plans," Christendom's release states.
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    This is certainly the least expensive option! What absolute nonsense. Maybe they can pass out aspirin to hold between their knees or "Just say NO" (a la Nancy Reagan).

    The Catholic Church would rather see unwanted births as the world continues to face overpopulation and poverty. People need to question such illogical, backward thinking.

    Catholics comprise about a third of the U.S. population; and, not counting the most recent election, thirty percent of Congress are Catholics.

    Our Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jewish justices.

    Quite frankly.....who cares what Christendom does.

    Tax the Churches!!! Tax the businesses owned by the Churches!!!

      I actually agree with you. In fact I believe one the smartest things that Catholic Church can do as a whole is throw the Tax Exempt Status back into the faces of the Federal Government. Amen! Thank you for suggesting it. Now let’s look at what you get if you do. And believe me I am in favor of all of these things.

      The minute the Catholic Churches looses their tax exempt status several things will happen overnight. All Catholic Hospitals will close. Shut down overnight adding to the already burdened National Health Care system. Most Catholic Schools will shut down over night as well. Again adding the already over burdened public school system. Catholic Colleges will shut down all over the nation sending these college students to public colleges and yes over burdening them as well. Catholic Charities will cease to be. Many more thousands of homeless will be turned away. Many more thousands of hungry will be turned away. And many more thousands of poor will be sent to the public welfare system. Hey my taxes go for those anyway, let the poor go there right? I mean that is why President Obama was re elected right? Keep the Food stamps coming! Never mind that we can’t pay for them. And here is the really good one. This one will be sure to send the liberal elite head’s a spinning like out of control tops and sure to send an extremely painful shock up Chris Matthews’s leg.

      You will now open campaigning in the Pulpit. You will have Priest, Bishops, Cardinals openly endorsing partisan political candidates right from the pulpit! You will have every Partisan Politian speaking and campaigning right from the pulpit and guess what it will all be legal! So go ahead and take away the Catholic Church’s tax exempt status. The Church has survived over 2,000 years. It will outlast this republic too. So bring it on!!!

    Really ... really ....

    Do you people really believe it's the cost of these contraceptives that are the issue? You could be in the room with these people handing them the stuff and they would still refuse!!!

    Grow up people and smell the coffee....

    I love the smell of coffee, especially with hazelnut cream.

    nice to know that all this catholic "doing gods work" comes down to the same thing as every other greedy, heartless corporation.....MONEY

    time to tax these frauds and get a real look at their books. Your threats and falsehoods won't hunt.

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    Open campaigning in the pulpit.... where have you been for the last 12 + years? The Christians/Catholics have been doing so for a long long time.

      I read nothing in Tim's comment that sounded like a threat ... more like a natural progression to a grab of religious rights in a country that was founded on just that...

      The rules of the game are being rewritten ... we are just responding in kind ... and you obviously from your response wondering don't like it one little bit....

      This is call survival and it is a prefectly natural outcome....

    you must have given up on that political career huh Tim?

    I assure you fall away that I have not given up on any political career. And need I remind you that it was not I that said take away the tax exempt status. I agree with it but I didn't bring it up first. It was someone else. My taxes go to support those public institutions such as welfare and section eight housing and welfare cell phone programs. If the poor need assitance than they should go there to get them. After all your taxes support those institutions as well.

    And as you well know pointing out that the practice of Homosexuality, abortion same sex marriage, the use of contraception are sins againt God is not campaigning, it is preaching from the Biblical Teachings from Jesus Christ himself.

    I assure you fall away that I have not given up on any political career. And need I remind you that it was not I that said take away the tax exempt status. I agree with it but I didn't bring it up first. It was someone else. My taxes go to support those public institutions such as welfare and section eight housing and welfare cell phone programs. If the poor need assitance than they should go there to get them. After all your taxes support those institutions as well.

    And as you well know pointing out that the practice of Homosexuality, abortion same sex marriage, the use of contraception are sins againt God is not campaigning, it is preaching from the Biblical Teachings from Jesus Christ himself.

    Tim, I was pointing more towards you threats above. (none of which would be effected by the church paying tax)

    do you or anyone in your family receive or HAVE received in the past food stamps or any other form of welfare?
    Do you get a child tax credit by chance?

    "Biblical Teachings from Jesus Christ himself. "


    Really, care to show where Jesus wrote anything?


    Let us try not to mix up facts with fiction Tim,(see who passed the free cell phones would be a great second place to start) That is why you're so askew now my friend.
    facts don't change, fiction has and always will do so.

    "Biblical Teachings from Jesus Christ himself. "


    Really, care to show where Jesus wrote anything?


    Let us try not to mix up facts with fiction Tim,(see who passed the free cell phones would be a great second place to start) That is why you're so askew now my friend.
    facts don't change, fiction has and always will do so.

    How much in federal funding do those "Catholic" and "Christian" hospitals get a year?

    you people want it both ways.

    And Tim, I am still waiting on your answer to my question above. thanks....

      So sorry Wondering, my life doesn’t revolve around sitting at a computer and waiting for your words of wisdom to reply too. So it has taken me a while to get back to you. Of course come members of my immediate family have to make use of the welfare system. They are experiencing financial difficulties as most of us are these days. And yes, as a child our family at one point needed food stamps. There is not shame in being poor and needing to be on the system for a period of time. Once our financial situation improved we got off. And what a relief it was not to be dependant on the Government for our next meal. Directing the poor to the same system that was there to help my family in our time of need is not being a hypocrite. Oh and not responding to your comments in your timely fashion is not being a hypocrite either.

      But since you insist on the Catholic Church violate their own teachings handed down to us by Jesus Christ then the Catholic Church will be forced to close our Charitable Organizations that have been there to help the poor for decades in this Country. See I look at it this way. A Federal Government forcing all Christian Churches and Organization and Retail Stores to violate their beliefs that contraception is morally wrong, and force them to pay for contraception and abortion causing drugs through medical insurance is in my mind saying, to hell with your constitutional rights and to hell with all Charitable works you do. So what choice do we have? Violate our own Christian beliefs and Constitutional Rights or close up shop? What would you do Wondering?

    "Your "church" doesn't have to abide by the mandate, but all your church owned businesses DO."

    I will restate my original post for you.

    I suppose if all those Catholic hospitals close down rather than compromise their principles, they themselves will lose money ... however they will not back down and compromise their tennants, they would rather not function at all so everyone loses ... for a item everyone can readily procure.

    And still the problem will persist...

    In a Capitalism ran world, someone would simply buy the church out when it comes to hospitals and the like should they shut down. Not only would they lose money, they would also face lawsuits for medical malpractice, and ultimately it would bring the biggest turn against the church seen in our time. Its an empty threat pure and simple. Even though watching them fall on their own cross would be satisfying, it wont happen.

      And I assure you Katybug that when push comes to shove the Catholic Church will close its hospitals and schools and colleges and other organizations if need be. Lawsuits or not. You seem to forget the Church is not about physical property or wealth. The Church is about the people and Jesus Christ. So do your worse and force us to as you put it fall on our Cross. We will happily do it. You’re forgetting one thing. We were here long before this Republic and survived much worse. And we will be here long after this Republic has rotted away to dust. So take pleasure in watching the Government attack the Church. It will accomplish very little in the Grand Scheme of things. Governments have attacked the Church before in the course of her 2,000 year history. Those Government are no more but the Church remains. Do Your Worst!

    Tim, just so you know. I know the answer to my questions.

    I just want to see if you're honest or not. hypocrites who are suckling at the same teat, should not be throwing stones my friend.


    Agreed katuybug. :cheers:


    Ah jeez, not ratigan again. I thought he dried up and blew away when the Tea Party said he was their guy. Sure ratigan will deny he knows anything about the Tea Party, (now claims to be libertarian?) but we got pictures to prove he sits in the front row at the meetings wearing his tin foil hat. I wonder what kind of shoes he wears?

    Some say ratigan works at the college as a receptionist. True or false?

    So, if the Catholic church goes out of business will it have the same humanitarian benefits as Hostess Bakery going belly up? No more Twinkies will help my waist line... no more unending guilt trips for thinking inappropriate impure thoughts while touching of my naughty bits will do wonders for the joy of happy endings.

    How 'bout you?

    I don't recall rushing you Tim.

    Yet now, after you got your hand up (or as the TP call it now since they got theirs already, a hand out) you are all ready and pushing for>> "get rid of the entitlements"

    So yeah, You are a hypocrite Tim. nice to see you finally answer that question, as I posed it a few months before the election too.Maybe I should have been rushing you?

    "Handed down by jesus christ"...again, show this as fact Tim, again, let us not blurr the lines between fact and fiction.

    your "church" is still not being forced to do anything, but your businesses, just like any other business must follow the rules. you want your cake and eat it too Tim, just like with your receiving welfare, but others are somehow less deserving and "Just want free stuff".

    If this is soooooo important to you, why do you even use an insurance company that offers this coverage at all? (the large majority do offer it, just so you know)

      I have never said anything about getting rid of entitlements. I simply pointed out that we are having difficulties paying for them. And I also simply pointed out that if the poor need assistance that they will soon have to go to the government for assistance rather then the Catholic Organizations or other Christian Organizations that are being targeted by the HHS Mandate.

      And look to the Bible, the New Testament for your proof. That is all I have to say on the matter. Good day to you Wondering.

    "Those Government are no more but the Church remains. Do Your Worst!"

    Same could be said about the many myths before this jesus guy Tim.

    there were folk just like you who worshipped Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Hera, Aris, Athena, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hermes, Artemis, Hephaestus.

    The invisible man isn't real Tim. as an adult, that should really be obvious by now. Wake up and smell the reality already.

    Tim, don't play innocent on the entitlements. Interesting how the poor your church cares so much about would stop helping because they had to pay taxes on their corporation just like any other.... What a load of shinola.

    you never did answer why you, as a catholic would have insurance with a company that offers these type of coverages at all. makes all the crying pretty moot to me.


    So the bible PROVES the bible. that's qualtiy thinking Tim. I bet those I mentioned above would have had the same lack of thought as well.

    HAND ~

    I figured out the difference between fact and fiction.

    Just as the "followers" of those I mentioned above did.
    I know I know ,there are no questions to be answered by the true believer Tim...

    you have a nice day and mull over that feeling you're having, it's called cognitive dissonance.

    reality is refreshing once you figure it out Tim.


    RATigan, does the Arlington Diocese or Mary Kay know you are closing down the church and all the church operated businesses? Did they give you their blessing?

      As you are no doubt aware I do not have the power to shut down a Church or Church Operated School, Hospital, or charity. Let's get real here ok.

      Ond Wondering, you know the question I asked. Not pushing but still waiting.


        Exactly my point there, RATigan. You do not have the power or authority to cause all those 'disasters' you mentioned above, so where do you get the notion the church will close down all its businesses causing an end to society as we know it? Do you have a hotline into the Vatican where the Pope gives you all the good dirt? Or are you listening to the gospel according to Mary Kay again? You are the perfect fear mongering shill for her power mad agendas.


        Soooo, Mr. Tin Foil Hat...... has anybody (besides your mommy) ever accused you of being reasonably intelligent? As it turns out, your "end of the world as we know it" scenario facing your Catholic church is nothing more than the wild and needless speculation of one very foolish Timothy P. RATigan? Figures. You are trying way too hard to impress the choir you deserve to be recognized as a somebody.

        Was your hypothetical doomsday prediction pulled from your warm smelly place? Are you any relation to Miss Chicken Little?


    actually I don't know what you're talking about.

    perhaps you could restate it.

    pretty sure I have answered your question. of course you have yet to give a reach around on mine Tim.

    "you never did answer why you, as a catholic would have insurance with a company that offers these type of coverages at all."

      You are a moron. Let me start by saying I am not Catholic. You bloviate all the time on every freaking subject but seem to know little. The Church and these institutions are self insured. Do you know what that means? The HHS policy dictates they must still follow self insured or not. Are you saying that relious folks should not have insurance? What does Obama feel about that? Remember you get fined (taxed) for not having coverage or did you seem to miss that when spewing your genius on the rest of civilization. You must be the #1 MENSA member huh?

      The difference is Wondering, is that the Catholic Church and her Charitable Organizations and Schools, colleges, and retail businesses in the past has been able to opt out those types of coverages that the Insurance companies offer. And believe it or not even self insured places have had that luxury in the past. With the new HHS Mandate the Church, infact all Christian Churches Businesses, Schools, Hospitals, Colleges, Retail, or anyone for that matter, would no longer have the option of opting out of that particular Coverage.

      Oh Joe Schmo? Any reasonably intelligent person would be able to tell that I was not ordering the Church to shut down it's hospitals, Schools, Colleges etc. So my point still stands. I was simply putting forth a likely event if the Church was backed into a corner. Try to engage the Common Sense part of your brain next time. Hmmmm? Might save me some needless explaining in the future.

    Yo, dinguss! exaggerate much?
    I will post as i see fit. IIRC I've never even spoke to you in here nor have you replied t me before now.. must be your posting style that made me dismiss you offhand.

    re-read my question before you get all into your hissy fit.

    no, what I am saying is if these companies offer such coverage (that they are whining about) why would they use their business (killing babies through contraception ,etc ,etc) in the first place? as I said above...it motts their idiotic point.

    Why don't you send an email and ask Obama. you can also find out just what has been said, the CHURCH IS EXEMPT< the businesses ARE NOT.

    funny how it is always the idjit shrieking how dumb someone else is who winds up screwing the pooch with their "highly educated" dumbassery?Now, let Tim answer the questions posed to him, your blather means squat to me.


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    And AGAIN I ask, why would you use a company that offers those services to begin with?

    you are STILL supportingtheir abortion and contraception agenda in the end correct?

    Well now they can't. that "church" is still not going to have to.

    These are NOT your church, these are businesses just like any other.
    " Businesses, Schools, Hospitals, Colleges, Retail, "

    pay up, the free ride and entitlements are OVER. We the People can't afford it.

    Be careful what you wish for ... unintended consequences may just be your bitter pill.

    this is word of mouth. I've heard from pumper trucks going the Christendoms wastewater plant....seeing condoms pumped out of the plant.

    Not really sure if condoms were just thrown in the water or not. Could be?

    great another site tied to face book. puke

    Should have seen the party circle behind the store. ahem, It's for procreation only though ;-) The beer and such was a sacrament

    Wondering: Yep this is the final weekend. "Shendoah1" is going to fade into the sunset just like "wondering". With the ability to enlarge photo's on the website goes our pen names.

    ahh yes the store! Used to grab some bait there, when we were able to have access to walk down to to the power dam to fish for carp, bass and catfish.

    Have they blocked off the dam now? have to walk up from the shores I guess, good fishing all the way up though :)

    Its been a while since I've passed the small parking area by the path down to the dam. It was a few years ago when they had the posted sign and no parking their. Maybe they have opened it back up.

    yep definately good fishing.


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