Worse yet, that door may be set to spring open.
Why? When the Trump administration offered UND exactly what it sought in the litigation--an exemption from the mandate--UND announced instead that its health plan contractors would continue to subsidize UND health insurance programs for employees and students that offers artificial forms of birth controls (including abortifacients, abortion, and sterilization). In other words, UND is now "doing voluntarily precisely what it said it could not do in good conscience and without giving scandal, particularly to its students."
Here's the letter:
This serious matter, the attorneys argue, should not be allowed to pass and, If there's an explanation, Fr. Jenkins should provide it. If not, they maintain, appropriate action should be taken to prevent a recurrence and to restore UND's reputation with both the courts and the public. Moreover, if a judicial inquiry is appropriate, they assert, it should be held.
The attorneys are also inviting all lawyers who have earned a UND degree, graduate or undergraduate, to also be signatories to the letter.
What's interesting about this initiative, at least insofar as The Motley Monk is concerned, is that its primary focus is not upon Fr. Jenkins' tap dance per se but how doing so has sullied UND's reputation for integrity in the courts. For the letter's signatories, this is scandalous because it violates UND's institutional conscience, at least the one sworn to and subscribed by UND's Executive Vice President, John Affleck Graves, on December 9, 2013. As the signatories describe this matter:
The representations to the courts that now appear to have been false were forceful, multiple, and essential.
The trap door my be set to spring very soon. Lying in court is called "perjury" and can be subject to severe sanctions.
Let the discussion begin...