The U.S. Supreme Court's Monday decision allowing owners of closely held for-profit corporations with certain religious convictions to opt-out of parts of the "Obamacare" birth-control mandate was a win for religious freedom, some Christian leaders have said.
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, said in a statement that the decision "shows that religious freedom continues to be the lifeblood of a country founded on the inalienable rights afforded to us by our Creator."
"Religious groups and business owners should not have to violate their faith in order to follow the law. It's not the role of government to define what we believe or what our faith includes," said Daly. more >>
In a landmark religious freedom case the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties, stating that corporations can refuse to provide certain drugs that may abort a fetus on the basis of religious objection.
In a five to four decision, the highest court in the land ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to privately owned businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties.
The decision was narrowed to only the contraceptive mandate and is not necessarily applicable to all insurance mandates, like blood transfusions or vaccinations. more >>
A Catholic broadcaster, which is the world's largest religious media network, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to protect it from violating its deeply held religious convictions by having to include contraception in its healthcare coverage or paying crippling fines starting July 1.
The Alabama-based Eternal Word Television Network, founded by a cloistered nun and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the Catholic Church, filed its motion for emergency relief with the high court Friday.
On June 18, a federal judge dismissed a suit filed by the broadcaster, which plans to appeal but asked for a Supreme Court injunction before the approaching deadline. more >>
Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a pro-life youth activist organization, expects scores to attend a rally planned in front of a Hobby Lobby store in Southern California to celebrate religious freedom on Monday morning as the Supreme Court is expected to announce the HHS Mandate decision.
The court's decision regarding the constitutionality of the Obama Administration forcing Hobby Lobby to pay for abortion-inducing drugs under the Obamacare HHS mandate is scheduled to be released on Monday at 7:00 a.m. PST. The rally and vigil is planned for a Hobby Lobby store in the city of Anaheim Hills.
"As we gather at Hobby Lobby today, we celebrate religious freedom, the First Amendment, and the rights of Americans to do business according to their consciences, free from government interference or harassment," says Kristina Garza from Survivors. Observers say this is the most important religious freedom and First Amendment case to be decided by the Supreme Court in decades. more >>
While the biggest news to come out of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s 221st General Assembly in Detroit last week was the decision to allow clergy to officiate same-sex weddings in states where gay marriage is legal, pro-life groups are calling out the denomination for its weak stance on protecting babies who survive botched abortions.
By a wide margin last Thursday, the PCUSA's General Assembly voted 465 to 133 against a measure asking its members to reflect, for two years, on the plight of unwanted children, both the born and preborn.
The measure, brought before the members by the Presbytery of South Alabama, was spurred by the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, as well as abortion clinic employees going public about unsafe and allegedly illegal practices that led to the temporary closure of a Delaware Planned Parenthood facility, among others. more >>
The Hobby Lobby case unfolds like a modern-day David versus Goliath: David Green, the evangelical conservative founder of this arts and craft chain, challenges the powerful Obama Administration over a facet of the unpopular Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all employers to cover the costs of contraceptives and abortifacients, which business owners of faith find morally reprehensible. Under the ACA, refusal to comply brings a daily fine that could threaten their very existence. Now, in the temple of the Supreme Court–today's culture battlefield–Hobby Lobby confronts the Obama Administration, arguing that they should not be forced to violate their principles just to stay in business.
Undoubtedly, religious freedom advocates would claim a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby as a huge victory. It would expand the rights of employers of faith and create a precedent to fight other forms of government coercion and compulsion.
But would a win for this David be a victory for what really matters? more >>