LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Christian University in Lakewood is taking the federal government to court. The school says it’s being coerced into violating its deeply-held religious beliefs.

The beliefs involve strong opposition to abortion.

There are some 4,000 students and 500 employees associated with the university. The school offers a group health plan to its employees and students.

Under a federal mandate the plan must offer contraceptives. That leaves the school’s administration, led by former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, facing an important ethical question.

“(It’s) whether or not people, or in our case universities, who have seriously held moral convictions against abortion, should nonetheless be required to pay for it and support it, and endorse it, in effect,” Armstrong said.

The departments of Health and Human Services and Labor and Treasury have been named in the lawsuit charging, “A deliberate attack by the government on the religious beliefs of the Colorado Christian and millions of other Americans.”

Beverly C. Ailts is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and feels the university’s lawsuit is misleading.

“No one is compelling anyone to take action against their religious beliefs,” Ailts said. “They are making contraception more accessible and affordable to those who want to take contraception.”

“I supposed that if we lose then one option that we will look at … is to simply stop offering health insurance coverage to our employees,” Armstrong said.

Right now the university’s stance against abortion is so strong that employees must sign a pledge not to take part in it.

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    So if my religion opposes inter-racial marriage, I can not provide health insurance to spouses of employees who are of different race than the employee? What about religions don’t recognize a marriage done by another religion, could a Catholic/Muslim school not provide health insurance the spouse of an employee if they were not married under Catholic/Islamic rules? Can I refuse to pay social security for my employees because they can buy condoms or beer with their social security payments later? Where is the line?

  8. JesusEffingChrist says:

    Here is a better idea…if a Church wants to stand on it’s religious rights to break the law, fine – take away it’s tax protection so it can pay it’s fare share to the government just like everyone else.

    After reading comments I had to vomit, defecate, then LMFAO at the silliness of the righteous.

    You think life begins at conception? You think a fetus is protected with liberty? Stupidity. Children do not even have the same constitutional rights as adults.

    Better watch your own children – especially the boys because when they masturbate by your wisdom, they are murdering prospective zygotes.

    But all they have to do is just ask Jesus to forgive them and it’s OK right? Religion kills and it’s directly responsible for so many deaths in the history of the Earth it’s sick.

    Child molesters hide where they can were dresses and funny hats and get all the kiddies they want with religion.

    Let the people use a condom and you won’t need abortion – because you can’t stop breeding. You are stuck in the middle ages, no better than the religious idiots we are spending trillions of dollars trying to wipe off the planet.

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