Matthew Bowman

The Obama administration’s attorneys then argued against us in D.C. federal court on Nov. 9 that Tyndale House Publishers, a devout company that publishes the Bible and gives its money to charity, is also incapable of exercising religion. When pressed by the judge, the attorneys admitted in open court that even the Catholic Church itself would lose a free-exercise-of -religion claim against ObamaCare’s abortion pill mandate.

In other words, to paraphrase Rod Serling’s bureaucrat, “The State has proven that religion cannot exist in a company because companies are, according to us, ‘secular.’ That would make the function of a religious company somewhat academic.”

This isn’t the Obama administration’s first attempt to declare by fiat that an activity is “secular” and therefore that the government can trump religious exercise. In the Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court case, the president’s attorneys insisted that “religious schools” themselves must bow to government control because they “perform a public function,” that is, “secular education.”

So whatever the Obama administration declares is secular is secular, because they said so. The areas of human life where people spend most of their waking hours—education, business, and healthcare—are, by edict, “secular.” And whatever is secular, the government controls.

The Obama administration lost that argument unanimously at the Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor. Let’s hope they lose it again when the abortion pill mandate cases reach the high court.

As for “The Obsolete Man,” I won’t spoil the ending for you, but it’s definitely worth watching, especially since we will all be spending at least four more years in…the Twilight Zone.


Matthew Bowman

Matt Bowman is senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.