Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said on Monday that companies should have the “religious liberty” to deny contraception coverage for women because “that’s why the Pilgrims came here.”
Perkins told “Fox & Friends” that he expects the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rule on more cases regarding company owners' rights not to provide certain coverage to employees in the event that it goes against their faith.
There have been more than 40 challenges to the healthcare mandate, according to Raw Story.
Earlier this month, the high court ruled that company owners Francis A. Gilardi Jr. and Philip M. Gilardi did not have to provide contraceptive coverage under Obamacare because it is against their Catholic faith.
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“Obviously a debate over whether the owner of a company can speak up and voice their personal beliefs versus the corporation themselves, right?” said host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“This administration has not confined their attack on religious liberties simply to the workplace,” Perkins responded. “It’s really started in the military. I mean, this administration, the Obama administration, I believe, all evidence would suggest, they’re on a search-and-destroy mission as it pertains to religious liberty.”
“Why do you think the administration wants this fight?” asked co-host Brian Kilmeade.
“I think this administration has a very narrow view of the First Amendment, that first freedom, the freedom of religion,” Perkins explained. “I think they see religious freedom as fine with it as long as it’s in the four walls of a church. But if it comes into workplace, the marketplace, if it comes into the public square, it’s not welcome.”
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“But the reality is, the founders saw us with an aggressive ability to live our lives according to our faith,” he continued. “I mean, that’s why the Pilgrims came here.”