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Lawsuits to Defeat Government Mandates Against Religious Liberty

Peace and love, brethren. A Dragon is battling inside our own places of worship, indeed, so close and powerful it strikes the heart of our religious liberty.

Introduction and Background

I'm James Pat Guerréro. In the United States I'm fighting this mortally false idea that contraception and sterilization is wholly healthy for men and women. There are plenty of scientific reports which dispute this idea. Even so, the "Choice" argument applies, "If we have a choice, then women can choose not to use contraception, precisely because contraception is elective, which does not contribute to a woman’s good health. It's birth control. On the other hand the argument for an elective procedure, such as contraception or brow lifts, does not meet the criteria for medical necessity for insurance coverage. It's simply a preferred lifestyle.” Yet the consequences of government mandated insurance coverage for contraception is phenomenally cost prohibitive in the billions. All will pay expensive prices for destructive reproductive procedures.

But beyond this today the federal health care law is nihilistically mandating that religious employers categorically provide contraception - and God knows what else - insurance coverage against their religious beliefs, using emboldened statements such as employers cannot engage in religious exercise.

The government is requiring all employers and organizations of all religions to violate their religious beliefs because of the requirement to provide insurance coverage for certain and specific abortion-inducing pills as part of the federal health care law. Christian employers are declaring that the pills cause “abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the woman’s womb.” Intrauterine devices are in this category.

According to the Christian faith, and many other faiths, a human person is created in the fertilized egg even before the fertilized egg attaches to the woman’s womb. The federal health care law goes further than it ever did by demanding the Christian for-profit employers now must provide insurance coverage for emergency contraceptive pills, implying that the fertilized egg has not yet attached to the mother's womb. The horror is that the "government emergency" is really, "Let's contracept this fertilized egg before she has a chance to live!"

Our fight here in the United States will impact the world. Most countries respect our laws and founding history. At a time when our government has gone too far, we must stand up now, as we have in the past, and protect our families and values, and show the world in which we live that we will be vigilant and courageous until we are victorious. We will never, never quit, or we will die. This is the magnitude of what we face.

Your contribution will help organizations such as, employers for-profit, employers for non-profit, hospitals, and religious affiliated organizations, with legal assistance to block the application of insurance coverage for federally mandated emergency contraceptive measures. Your contribution will help to follow your conscience, not put it aside, with regard to challenging the abhorrent laws that go against conscience and religious belief. We will need upwards of $25,000, but its a beginning of a new life (lives)!

What We Need

We will need upwards of $25,000; it is humble but it is a start. Don’t tread on me!

Your contribution will go towards helping to get the word out! We will do this by means of educating and informing the public in a variety of forums as well as “funding new warriors for the legal arena” and seasoned savvy advocates for religious freedom and life. Also, it may be applied to personal expenses as deemed necessary in the pursuit of the objective of Religious Freedom.

If we do not meet our entire goal, then our efficacy will be restricted accordingly to what we can afford to do. We will still attempt various forums to enlighten and educate the public but we will not be able to fund our legal warriors in the front line of this critical battle.

What You Get

We will attempt to fund a special legal fund to assist legal warriors to litigate lawsuits for employers and other organizations that fight against government mandates that control religious liberty and penalize employers for failing to provide insurance coverage for specific contraception that run contrary to religious conscience.

In terms of our superb perks for contributing to this campaign, we have provided seven contribution categories as follows.

  1. A Lapel Pin or Brooch of your religious faith for $50 contribution.
  2. A copy of the Constitution of the United States (pocket version) for a $100 contribution.
  3. Poster of the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima by U.S. Marines for $500 contribution.
  4. A gift card to Massage Envy at your nearby location for a $1,500 contribution.
  5. Guest of honor at a fine dining establishment in the Washington DC area where you will engage with old veterans and other patriots who can’t wait to share wisdom and tactics with you in this fight for freedom for a $2,500 contribution.
  6. A day of equestrian activity for two with a catered picnic lunch in Spotsylvania County, VA, near historic battlefields. Thirty minutes of instruction is included for a $5,000 contribution.
  7. “Night on the Town” with James Pat and others concerned for America at a restaurant of your choice in the Washington DC area for a $10,000 contribution.

The Reality Show of Government Mandate

  • The government is challenging our undisputed exercise of religion. The government is requiring a Christian-family owned arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraceptive pills. In an Insurance Journal article dated November 27, 2012, Hobby Lobby, consisting of “500 stores in 41 states and employing more than 13,000 full-time employees” appealed the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block a specific part of the federal health care law regarding the morning-after pill and the week-after pill as part of the required employee health care benefits, or face the $1.3 million daily fine beginning January 1, 2013. The Hobby Lobby’s appeal states, “Appellants engage in an undisputed exercise of religion: they refrain from providing insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Yet the government puts appellants to an impossible choice: either give up the religious exercise, or pay millions in fines.” As the company is self-insured, the government also compromises their financial condition.
  • As late as June 28, 2013 the government has issued its “final rule requiring health insurance coverage of contraceptives for the employees of religiously affiliated universities, hospitals and other institutions, just as the new policy faces mounting legal challenges.” This rule, which goes into effect August 1, 2013, came a day after a federal appellate court in Denver ruled that one company “Hobby Lobby may be exempt from the requirement that Obama has insisted be made available to all employees with health insurance, particularly women, whose contraceptive options can be expensive.” [The case is Hobby Lobby Stores Inc et al v. Sebelius et al, 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 12-6294.] Before this rule, months of protests and legal action had occurred by Roman Catholics, Evangelical Protestants, and private groups who claim that the Obama Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act forces them to violate their own religious tenets against contraception. 
  • Another example of a private company is Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., owned by Mennonite Christians in East Earl, Pennsylvania.  A split vote by the panel of the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the company in a finding that “for-profit, secular corporations cannot engage in religious exercise.” Owned by the Hahn family, the company employs 950 people and believes the contraception mandate violates its rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

My Campaign Track Record

In 2009 I campaigned for a Collier County, Florida, Superintendent Board of Education position. I was one of six candidates for final selection and personal interview with Florida Governor Charlie Crist for the job.

In 2010 I personally traveled in three South Florida counties to obtain petitional signatures to qualify for running in the 25th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, but I campaigned short of the designated number of signed petitions for qualification.

After campaigning for qualification in the 25th Congressional District, I campaigned for the Florida House of Representatives 112th District in 2010 and qualified. In my own county I acquired second place with 39% of the vote running against two opponents who were systemically entrenched in a three county representative district in south Florida.

Other Ways You Can Help

Now, I want to ask you to go around the world with this – go viral to each country so each person can at least hear about this campaign. Spread the word using every means available. Speak about the subject in every Christian faith-based Church, Synagogue, Mosque and Temple. This is how you can help if you are unable to contribute. I know many of you haven’t the means to contribute, but you live by religious freedom. Considering your financial struggles and physical hardships that you've endured, I know you mostly rely on religious freedom. And I’m fully aware that you believe.

There are share tools available on this Indiegogo site that can help in spreading the word about this campaign. Remember we are fighting in the most challenging arena – the legal system - where smarts, stamina, and money are most needed.

Again, don't forget to use the Indiegogo share tools! Thanks for your attention to this very special religious campaign and I hope to meet you one day.

References

Insurance Journal, Talley, Tim. Hobby Lobby Appeals Morning-After Pill, November 27, 2012, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2012/11/27/271540.htm

Insurance Journal, Morgan, David. Obama Administration Issues Contraceptive Rule for Faith-Based Employers, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/06/28/297151.htm

Insurance Journal, Baynes, Terry. Hobby Lobby Wins Round in Fight Against Contraceptive Coverage, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/06/28/297060.htm

Insurance Journal, Stempel, Jonathan. U.S. Court Rejects Firm’s Challenge to Obamacare Contraception Mandate, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/28/299795.htm

 

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