By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- The government has asked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's to lift the suspension on the portion of Obamacare, that requires even relgious institutions to provide birth control to employees.
Now the Diocese of Lubbock is speaking out to us today.
Just a few hours before many of the regulations from Obamacare kicked in--
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor stepped in-- saying the government cannot enforce the contraceptive coverage mandates in Obamacare on some faith based groups.
Here in Lubbock-- that decision is well supported.
"It is very well known that we are pro life that we respect life from the beginning all the way from the womb to the tomb," said Bishop Placido Rodriguez with the Diocese of Lubbock says Sotomayor's decision is well in line with her role as a judge.
"And so we are trying to defend ourselves... But already many of the courts. Already, 9 out of the 12 have already decided that the mandate is immoral."
The Obama adminstration created a way for some groups to opt out.
However to Bishop Rodriguez and many other religious leaders feel its still a direct attack on their religious rights.
"Through the mandate its trying to define what is a Christian what is a Catholic. And so we have been reisiting all these enrolling attacks against the religious freedom... That it is not just the signing of the paper. That it is completely against our relgious beliefs and so it is not paperwork."
And if they don't comply-- they could face drastic fines.
"I dont know if you've done the math. 100 dollars per day per employee, you begin to multiply to millions and billions so the government is being so punitive. And so just looking at that tells you just what kind of intention the government have in order to employ or push the controceptive mentality."
But in the end-- its faith they continue to look toward.
"I think through prayer and understanding and i hope we can help people understand the complicated aspects of all these regulations... You know Jesus he always dealt with our present and he said give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God. He already delinated what needs to be done."
It is not known when Sotomayor will make her decision as to lift the ban or not.
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