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ADF attorneys defend rights of Christian employers in federal court

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jacob Reed following a federal district court hearing held Monday in Christian Employers Alliance v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a case in which ADF attorneys represent CEA in a challenge to two Biden administration mandates that force religious nonprofit and for-profit employers to pay for and perform surgeries, procedures, counseling, and treatments that seek to alter one’s biological sex—actions that violate their religious beliefs:

“The Constitution protects religious healthcare providers and employers and allows them to go about their work in a manner compatible with their deeply held convictions and faith. By misinterpreting and improperly enforcing federal law, President Biden has far overreached his constitutional authority, to the detriment of people of faith across the country. The government cannot force Christian employers to pay for, and Christian health care providers to physically perform, harmful medical procedures that contradict their religious beliefs. We urge the court to immediately halt enforcement of these unlawful mandates.”

The following quote may be attributed to Christian Employers Alliance President Shannon Royce, J.D.:

“Despite this administration’s grave overreach of its purpose and authority, CEA counts it a privilege to stand for truth—that all people are created in the image of God as male or female. The administration’s mandates are crippling for the countless Christian-owned and operated businesses seeking to care well for their employees without the fear of punishing fines, burdensome litigation costs, the loss of federal funds, and even criminal penalties. As stewards of the health and safety of our valued employees, it is unconscionable and unconstitutional to be mandated to provide, pay for, or promote services and procedures that directly contradict our deeply held religious beliefs.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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Jacob Reed
Jacob Reed
Legal Counsel
Jacob Reed serves as legal counsel for the Center for Christian Ministries with Alliance Defending Freedom.