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    By Ron Meyer, Young America's Foundation Spokesman

    "The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right." - James Madison

    College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO), known more commonly as "Hard Work U" for their student work requirement, has filed a lawsuit against the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare's contraception and abortion bill mandate.

    And, it's no coincidence that they filed on September 17--Constitution Day.

    In an email to YAF from a Dean, the college released this statement: "On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the College of the Ozarks is seeking the enforcement of the rights guaranteed to it by the Constitution by suing the federal agencies tasked with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)…

    "Time has run out for the College and for the thousands of religious institutions that find themselves caught in the untenable position of having to choose between their religious beliefs and compliance with laws that interfere with the basic tenets upon which this country was founded."

    Religious freedom was included in the first sentence of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights for a reason.

    James Madison, the father of the Constitution and author of the First Amendment, said that our religious beliefs "can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence." In clear violation of Madison's principles embedded in the Constitution, ObamaCare's birth control mandate forces religious employers to buy a product contradictory to their beliefs.

    ObamaCare fines schools and companies which don't provide contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs to their employees-even if it's based on a sincerely held religious belief. The Congressional Research Service release a document stating these fines could be $100 per employee per day.

    According to ObamaCare, College of the Ozarks isn't religious enough to qualify as a "religious employer", despite being a religious institution. Therefore, they don't qualify for any exemptions to the mandate.

    Dr. Jerry Davis, president of College of the Ozarks, said in a press release today, "Now that God has been removed from public schools, shoved off the public square, we now see that a faceless group of unelected government  bureaucrats  have decided to redefine what constitutes a religious employer.  We want to know:  Who decided that we need a 'new definition'?  With whom did the regulators consult on this description?"

    If the government can define "religious," they can redefine religious freedom. If only certain groups qualify for religious freedoms, America as a whole has lost religious freedom.   Jesus wouldn't have even qualified for the government exemption.

    The Supreme Court butchered the first ObamaCare case regarding the individual mandate, but with this added religious element, the contraception and abortion bill mandate has a good shot of being declared unconstitutional. The religious freedom argument appeals to one of America's most fundamental values, and considering the Roberts Court has a strong pro-religious freedom record, the College of the Ozarks' case may be one to watch for in the coming months.

    Ron Meyer--age 22--is the spokesman for Young America's Foundation. He's a frequent guest on Fox News and the Sean Hannity Radio Show. Email him at rmeyer@yaf.org.

    College of the Ozarks is on Young America's Foundation's Top Conservative Colleges List

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      Posted by Jim Smith on 09/17/2012
    • Thank God for institutions like College of The Ozarks. I think I remember they ar in Northern Ar. and have many students working in Branson. God bless you all.
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    • As a graduate of College of the Ozarks, I am proud that the administration is willing to take a stand for our beliefs, as a Christian and American. I am proud to be part of such a great institution and hope that one day my children choose to attend.
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