Chicken-Fried News: Opting out 

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Remember the days of writing 20-page papers, single-spaced, front and back and no filler?

Well, four Oklahoma colleges would like to apologize to all of you for placing an “undue burden” on your liberties. Or at least we think they do.

Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Mid-America Christian University were told by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that they must abide with the federal contraception mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.

That “mandate” says that if those religious nonprofits oppose providing health coverage for contraception, they can write a letter and get out of it. That’s it. Fill out some forms.

In their case, they claimed the act of opting out was a “substantial burden” on their freedom. A lawyer defending the universities said the decision was a punishment for people of faith.

If they’re worried about coming up with an original opt-out letter, maybe they can copy off their friend’s paper? It always worked for us.

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