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.”
Louisiana College, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, filed suit against the federal government in February. They believe the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception is unconstitutional.
“People of faith shouldn’t be punished by the government for following their beliefs when making decisions for themselves or their organizations,” said Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Aguillard’s comments came one day after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven states along with several religious plaintiffs who argued ObamaCare violated the rights of employers who object to the use of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
The ADF is representing Louisiana College in their lawsuit. They claim ObamaCare violates the Religious Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“We believe the sixth commandment says thou shall not murder,” Aguillard said. “The government is imposing their religion of murder on us and I think it’s time for the people of our country to wake up and stand together.”
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.”
“In this case, we recognize we have common cause with the Catholic University of America and other Catholic institutions in defending religious liberty,” Wheaton College President Philip Graham Ryken said on a conference call. “We’re very clear on the sanctity of life, and this insurance mandate goes against our conscience,” Ryken said. He said the fact that Catholic groups are teaming up with an evangelical college in this lawsuit should signal that “something really significant in terms of religious liberty is at stake.”
In May, dozens of Catholic groups filed a dozen separate but related federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the requirement. Among the organizations were the University of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of New York and The Catholic University of America.
Aguillard told Fox News they are basing their fight on “almighty God.”
“We’re going to see where the Constitution stands with regard to religious freedom,” he said.
With reporting from FoxNews.com
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