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University of Mobile President Rejects Federal Government Attempts to Define Religion, Ministry; Files Objections to Healthcare Mandate ‘Accommodation’

University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley said the federal government does not have the authority to define what constitutes true religion and authentic ministry, and its attempts to do so are setting a dangerous precedent. The Christian college president said the government’s definition of “religious employer” in the federal healthcare mandate is far too narrow. Foley has filed comments to that effect with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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UMobile President's Comments to U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services on 'Accommodation' Language

The scope of the definition of “religious employers” exempted from the mandate is inappropriately
narrow and fails to accommodate forms of religious expression directed in the biblical record and
historically exercised by multitudes of church-related organizations and independent citizens of faith.
Thus, the definition, stated below, effectively gives preference to one form of religious expression to
the exclusion of all others. In so doing, it violates a fundamental principle of the establishment clause:
that the government not pick and choose between different religious groups.

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