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Hobby Lobby Will Have Its Day in the Supreme Court

Their day is finally coming. The family owned hobby store that was founded and is run by devout Christians sued the government when they learned that they would be forced to pay for abortifacient contraceptives, like the morning after pill. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two Obamacare related cases that both deal with religious freedom issues.

The court will consider two cases. One involves Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees. Hobby Lobby won in the lower courts.

The other case is an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that employs 950 people in making wood cabinets. Lower courts rejected the company’s claims.

The court said the cases will be combined for arguments, probably in late March. A decision should come by late June.

The cases center on a provision of the health care law that requires most employers that offer health insurance to their workers to provide a range of preventive health benefits, including contraception.

In both instances, the Christian families that own the companies say that insuring some forms of contraception violates their religious beliefs.

The key issue is whether profit-making corporations can assert religious beliefs under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act or the First Amendment provision guaranteeing Americans the right to believe and worship as they choose.

Neither Hobby Lobby nor Conestoga Wood are Catholic companies, so their complaint is not about contraceptives in general (though Catholic companies may benefit from an outcome that embraces religious freedom). The complaints filed by both companies have more to do with specific types of contraceptives that work after fertilization takes place. These after fertilization contraceptives are considered abortifacients because they literally abort the already fertilized embryo. For most Christians abortion is a sin, a moral wrong and an action directly commanded against in the Bible. Hence, these Christian companies resistance to the Obamacare mandate to provide certain contraceptives.

The case is very important.

The Supreme Court will be weighing in on just how far our religious freedoms go. Some state Supreme Courts have already weakened our religious freedoms by ruling that Christian businesses must serve homosexual weddings and a ruling against religious freedom here could be disastrous for the Christian community in America.

All of that being said, some Republicans are worried that the case will distract from the train wreck that is Obamacare. The basic thought being that this Hobby Lobby case will allow the Democrats to distract voters by saying that Republicans are waging a war on women… again.

 

Obamacare is a nightmare – from every angle. We’ll all be better off when it’s a thing of the past.

 

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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