Religious Liberty Dies at Hobby Lobby

November 19, 2012

from Denny Burk by Denny Burk

Here’s the bad news from The Beckett Fund website:

Today, a federal court denied a request to halt enforcement of the abortion pill mandate which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to providethe “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million dollars per day

Hobby Lobby is the largest and first non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.  The Green family has no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family’s religious convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception.

You read that right. The United States Government is forcing these Christian business owners to pay for abortion inducing drugs in their employees’ insurance plans. It doesn’t matter that it violates their religious liberty to conduct business in a way that is consistent with their conscience. Obamacare mandates that these Christians comply or face fines that would put them out of business.

When the controversy over the abortion mandate erupted earlier this year, the American public by and large got the impression that this was about conservatives who wanted to ban contraception. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one wants to outlaw contraception. This controversy is about the fact that the government is forcing pro-life business owners to pay for chemical abortions. It is perhaps the most egregious violation of religious liberty in the history of the United States, yet I’m wondering if anyone is paying attention. Wisdom is crying in the streets. Can anyone hear her?

This cannot stand. This must not stand. This fight is not over. Not by a longshot.

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2 Responses to “Religious Liberty Dies at Hobby Lobby”

  1. Nikki Says:

    OMG! this is HORRIBLE. once again Obama lied. he said he’d try to accommodate the people who were conservative and of course he did nothing as usual. sad. if liberals enforce something, its right. if the conservatives are against it, they’re wrong. sad world i live in. no wonder states want to secede, they’re tryin to get away from his crazy behind.

    and lets just be real here. we all know this bill is just helping those who are promiscuous and don’t want to/can’t pay for their actions, so they take the money from taxpayers to fund their harmful habits.

  2. Mark Says:

    I absolutely agree with you, Nikki. You said it well.


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