Asma Uddin, an attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Talking to Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in a House Judiciary Committee hearing:
SMITH: What are other examples, what else could the government force religious organizations to provide if this mandate were to remain in effect as is unchanged.
UDDIN: Well, I mean, this mandate has been justified on the basis of the fact that there’s health benefits to providing contraceptives. But the issue of health benefits is not the point. If the government mandated everything that had positive health benefits, it could possibly mandate that everyone drink red wine for heart health even though it violates the religious beliefs of Muslims and Mormons. And it could mandate that everyone eat shellfish even though that violates the religious beliefs of Jews.