The Obama administration appears to be giving up trying to argue in court that a Bible publisher, run by a non-profit religious foundation, isn’t religious. That’s what they had been doing for the better part of a year in the case of Tyndale publishers. (Background here.)
As the Alliance Defense Fund explains:
At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal of an order that stopped the president from enforcing his abortion pill mandate against a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion pill mandate case. . . .
Friday’s order from U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means the preliminary injunction issued by a district court in November of last year will stand while the case, Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, moves forward.
It remains to be seen if this indicates any further shift in the administration’s posture toward religious liberty as it pertains to the Department of Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate. August 1 marks the expiration of the so-called “safe haven” it granted church-run schools and other entities and services to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the mandate.