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Hercules should be honored

By Samuel AquilaThe Denver Post
Posted on: Monday, August 27th, 2012
Original publication date: August 24, 2012

More than 30,000 people will move to Colorado this year; I became one of them in July when I came home after an 11-year absence.

It’s easy to see why Americans want to live here. Five cities in Colorado are listed among the Best Places to Live in America. Coloradans are among America’s most fit residents, and our natural beauty is unparalleled. Our culture is welcoming. Our people are kind.

Net-positive Colorado migration continues despite our rising unemployment numbers — which speaks to the caliber of our state.

Colorado has a growing population and steadily rising unemployment numbers, which means that Colorado’s successful employers are vital to our welfare. We should recognize Colorado companies and employers for their contributions to our economy.

Until last week, Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech believed that Hercules Industries should be recognized as a model employer. The Denver-based HVAC manufacturer employs more than 200 people. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Kniech submitted a proclamation to the City Council thanking the company, especially for its “generous employee health care coverage.”

The proclamation was to be issued on Aug. 13. Shortly before that date, Kniech withdrew her support. She says she was hoping to avoid a “partisan food fight.”

Hercules hadn’t changed its health plan, laid off Coloradans, or sold out to a foreign conglomerate. Instead, Kniech discovered that the company is involved in litigation with the federal government, claiming that the HHS contraception mandate violated the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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About Preserve Religious Freedom

This lawsuit is about religious freedom and our ability to serve the public, not about contraception. The Church maintains that the First Amendment protects the Catholic Church's ability to serve the public in accordance with its faith and to operate its religious institutions without government interference. The argument challenges the way the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines what is, and is not, a religious institution. By including an exemption at all, the government apparently agrees that, in keeping with decades of practice and precedent, religious institutions should not be compelled to purchase drugs or procedures that violate deeply held religious or moral beliefs.

But, the Administration's HHS mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that religious schools, hospitals, and social services don't qualify as religious, and must therefore provide these drugs and procedures. This violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. It forces religious organizations to sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving the public. Read more about the plaintiffs filing this lawsuit here.

Preserve Religious Freedom
c/o Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

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