Breaking News on that Hobby Lobby case: Big Win for privately held businesses and religious freedom…
Talking about the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court… The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that employers with religious objections are allowed to refuse to pay for abortion causing contraceptives for their workers, if it goes against their personally held religious convictions.
Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., is a victory for Christian business owners, who will now be protected from unconstitutional government mandates forcing them to compromise their religious convictions in their business practices and policies.
The 5-4 decision invalidates the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which directs businesses to provide birth control coverage to their employees. Faith-based businesses, religious schools and churches are exempt, but the mandate does not provide allowances for secular businesses that are owned by Christians whose religious beliefs may go against the mandate. AFA
(CBN News) Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based arts and crafts chain owned by the Green family, who are devout Christians – said that Obamacare’s mandate requiring privately held companies provide insurance coverage for all forms of birth control violates their religious rights.
-Hobby Lobby has more than 500 stores with more than 15,000 employees. While the company does cover 16 types of contraception, the owners oppose abortion-inducing types like versions of the morning after pill and IUDs.
-“We believe that Americans don’t lose their religious freedom when they open a family business,” co-owner Barbara Green said.
Alliance Defending Freedom…
“Americans don’t surrender their freedom by opening a family business. In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government. In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions. For the Hahns and the Greens, that means not being forced to participate in distributing potentially life-terminating drugs and devices.” ADF comment…
Conestoga Wood Specialties President and CEO Anthony Hahn:
“We in the Hahn family want to thank everyone who supported us during this lawsuit. We wholeheartedly affirm what the Supreme Court made clear today—that Americans don’t have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business. All Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment. As I said at the beginning of this lawsuit, this effort wasn’t just for Conestoga. We took this stand for others as well. The administration has gone too far in disrespecting the freedom of Americans to live out their convictions. For our family and others like us, that means it must respect our freedom not to participate in the distribution of drugs and devices that can cause an abortion.”
Not necessarily a ‘narrow victory’? Two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that saved the Affordable Care Act law in the midst of Obama’s campaign for re-election. On Monday, Roberts sided with the four conservative justices basicly saying that “…Americans don’t lose their religious freedom when they open a family business…”
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
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