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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement after today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell:

“Religious freedom isn’t a secondary right, and government bureaucrats should not be able to decide who is free to follow their faith and who isn’t. After all, faith encompasses following the dictates of your conscience as determined by you and your church—not as determined by government. The Little Sisters of the Poor aren’t lobbyists trying to recreate health care law. They’re not trying to force their religion on others. They are just trying to serve the elderly without government forcing them to do what they think is wrong.

“That the Obama Administration refuses to respect these nuns’ conscience rights is a testament to how backward the federal government has become on fundamental First Amendment rights. Our government was created to enable the people of this country to live free and happy lives, not to force them to live how a single presidential administration thinks is best. That is why hundreds of members of Congress and I signed an amicus brief on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this year. The Obama Administration is flirting with tyranny when it attempts to trample on the rights of people to live out lives of faith.”