The U.S. Supreme Court made a powerful decision that will protect religious liberty now and for generations to come.
The case was brought to the court by the owners of Hobby Lobby.
Here are seven things you should know:
1. The Court ruled that private companies and corporations are exempt from the Obamacare mandates that violate their religious freedoms and conscience.
Under the monumental ruling, corporations can refuse to provide drugs that would abort a fetus if the owners of the corporations objected to the practice because of their religious beliefs.
2. Does a Christian business owner lose his right to religious freedom because he does business? About 20 years ago, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to protect religious liberty. RFRA demands that any law or policy of the federal government that would violate a citizen’s religious convictions must pass two key tests: It must meet a compelling state interest, and it must do so by “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling state interest.”
But the Obama administration argued that Christians must abandon their religious values in their businesses. The court rejected the idea 7 to 2.
3. Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green family. The family members did not object to contraception: they objected to four abortion-inducing methods demanded by Obamacare.
Here is what David Green said:
“These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families… We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
As Christians, the Greens and other business owners took a stand. It was costly. It was time consuming. They lost customers. They were the victims of hate expressed by the press and the Left. But they did what they believed was right.
Would you have made these sacrifices?
4. The decision in this case was a tremendous victory for religious and First Amendment freedoms. But other challenges to Christian schools and non-profit organizations are still before the court.
The Obama administration continues to attack the convictions of Christians, the president faces lawsuits from a massive collection of religious non-profit ministries ranging from evangelical colleges and universities to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic charity.
And this does not touch on other issues such as bakers, photographers, florists, church camps, pastors and churches being forced to perform ‘wedding’ services that violate their conscience.
5. The Left says that this is an attack by the court on women. No, it’s identifying our First Amendment protections against a government that is growing more hostile to people of faith.
No one is preventing an unmarried female from obtaining contraceptive drugs. Their doctors can prescribe them; they can buy them over the counter or whatever. The court ruling does not prevent that.
The ruling simply says that closely held corporations do not have to pay for contraceptive drugs.
To see a great under-three-minute interview on this, click this link.
The President and the Left don’t understand that freedom of religion is a cornerstone of our Republic that is essential to a free society.
The lead dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals a massive ideological divide on the Court that mirrors the divide within the nation at large. Her dissent leads with concerns about the need for contraception and birth control for women and proceeds to dismiss the Christian convictions of the Green families as “too attenuated to rank as substantial.” She ignored the fact that the Obama administration’s policy required the families to facilitate what they believed to be morally wrong when the government could have accomplished the same result without this requirement.
John Leland, a colonial Baptist leader, noted in 1791: “Government has no more to do with the religious opinions of men than it has with the principles of mathematics. Let every man speak freely without fear, maintain the principles he believes, worship according to his own faith, either one God, three Gods, no God, or twenty Gods; and let government protect him in so doing.”
6. This recent Supreme Court ruling is a blow to Obamacare. But we must continue to work to repeal Obamacare until all Americans are protected from this flawed, broken legislation.
7. The decision was close–5 to 4. This is why it’s imperative that the next President not be a progressive but someone who will appoint judges who believe in freedom and the Constitution–judges that will interpret the law, not legislate it from the bench.
The bottom line is, freedom won. Government cannot enforce a policy that requires citizens to violate their deeply held religious beliefs–which is what Obamacare has tried to do.
What do you think about such a momentous victory for our business owners’ rights? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.