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Archive for February, 2012
Federal lawsuit challenges Obama administration’s latest attack on religious freedom
ALEXANDRIA, La. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Louisiana College Saturday against the Obama administration. The lawsuit challenges the administration’s unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.
“People of faith shouldn’t be punished by the government for following their beliefs when making decisions for themselves or their organizations,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The Obama administration invented a fake ‘right’ to get ‘free’ abortion pills and sterilization and elevated it above real freedoms protected by the First Amendment. This calculated and intentional attempt to eradicate constitutional protections should terrify every freedom-loving American.”
“The Obama administration has purposely transformed a non-existent problem–access to contraception–into a constitutional crisis,” said ADF-allied attorney and co-counsel Mike Johnson, dean of Louisiana College’s Pressler School of Law. “This mandate offers no choice; Americans either comply and abandon their convictions or resist and be punished.”
President Obama held a press conference on Feb. 10 to offer a “compromise” under which some religious non-profit organizations would not have to comply with the mandate. Instead, the employer’s insurer would be required to offer the employer’s employees the same coverage at no charge. The “compromise”; however, does not exist in the rules or guidance Obama issued on Feb. 10, and the administration is not required to formally propose it.
Theriot explained that even if the proposed change did exist and had coherent boundaries, it would still require the employer to facilitate coverage by providing and paying for an objectionable plan, the costs of which would be passed on to the employers and/or employees via premiums.
“The time for silence is over,” said Louisiana College President Dr. Joe W. Aguillard. “Louisiana College will not sit by and allow this or any government to usurp our God-given religious freedoms and our time-honored Baptist heritage.”
The new lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Louisiana College v. Sebelius, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
- Pronunciation guide: Theriot (TAIR’-ee-oh)
ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.
The Division of Nursing at Louisiana College is celebrating the latest first time NCLEX professional nursing licensure examination results. For the second year in a row the class of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) graduates who sat the exam in Louisiana have passed the national examinations with a 100% pass rate. The ABSN program commenced in the fall of 2009. It offers an accelerated route for students with a prior bachelors degree who want to transition into a second career in nursing. In December 2010 there were 17 graduates from the first cohort to complete the program. All of the 15 graduates from this year’s December 2011 second cohort who sat the exam in Louisiana have been successful.
Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Allied Health, expressed her delight with the latest results. “It is a wonderful result for the hard working students and our faculty and staff team,” she affirmed, “especially given the fact that most of these students (60%) passed the national examination after only taking the minimum of 75 questions. We are gaining a reputation as the place to come to pass an ABSN program with flying colors.”
Dr. Sharp went on to explain that the NCLEX exam is a computer adaptive test with a minimum of 75 and a maximum of 265 questions, depending on the ability of the students in taking the test. The fact that graduates of the LC nursing program are now consistently passing the professional qualifying exam with the majority of the students only requiring the minimum of 75 exam questions shows that the protocols for admission, content benchmarks and remediation are meeting required programmatic outcomes.
Dr. Sharp reported that the Division of Nursing is currently recruiting for the next cohort of students who will commence the accelerated nursing program in August 2012.
For further information concerning the ABSN Program at LC please contact Program Specialist, Mrs. Myra McKay firstname.lastname@example.org and for general information about nursing contact Mrs. E. Walker email@example.com in LC Division of Nursing at 318 487 7127.