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Hobby Lobby to Defy Sotomayor Ruling on Morning-After Pill
Newsmax ^ | 27 Dec 2012 | Newsmax

Posted on 12/28/2012 4:20:05 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o

An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel, which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the companies' request for an injunction while their lawsuit is pending, saying the stores failed to satisfy the demanding legal standard for blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. She said the companies may still challenge the regulations in the lower courts.

Kyle Duncan, who is representing Hobby Lobby on behalf of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement posted on the group's website Thursday that Hobby Lobby doesn't intend to offer its employees insurance that would cover the drug while its lawsuit is pending.

"The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees," Duncan said. "To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs."

In ruling against the companies last month, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions but that "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."

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Other articles have been posted on this, but I loved the headline word:

"Defies"

If I were a hobbyist I would buy from these people. They have 60,000 items in:

Arts | Cards & Party | Crafts | Fabric | Floral | Frames | Hobbies | Home Accents | Jewelry | Needle Art | Papercrafting | Seasonal | Wearables | Wedding

Their website: http://hobbylobby.com/

Their Mardel Book Store division has

Bibles | Books | Music | Video | Apparel | Education | Gifts | Homeschool | Kids | Church Supply | Bargains

Their website: http://www.mardel.com/

I know you're all spent out from Christmas, but please keep thise people in mind for birthdays, books, HOMESCHOOLING SUPPLIES!

1 posted on 12/28/2012 4:20:23 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

FReedom from anti-freedom TOTALITARIANS


2 posted on 12/28/2012 4:25:29 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I could see Hobby Lobby just locking their doors.


3 posted on 12/28/2012 4:25:33 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I would think that with all the religious exemptions for Muslims in the law, that an honest court system would have granted the exemption. Oh. That’s the problem.


4 posted on 12/28/2012 4:26:20 PM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; mgist; raptor22; victim soul; Isabel2010; Smokin' Joe; Michigander222; PJBankard; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

6 posted on 12/28/2012 4:29:43 PM PST by narses
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’m going to make it a point to give the Hobby Lobby near me as much business as possible.


7 posted on 12/28/2012 4:35:11 PM PST by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: Newbomb Turk
I could see Hobby Lobby just locking their doors.

Obama Inc. would certainly be giddy with a twofer collapse of capitalism and Christianity.

8 posted on 12/28/2012 4:37:21 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: NYer; Salvation; marshmallow; Dinah Lord; Brytani; Petronski; SE Mom; sneakers; ...
Hmmm... I'm thinking....

thinnking...

thinking of a way to scrounge up $10 and buy pens, pencils, maybe a good pair of scissors? And support these Hobby Lobby / Mardel Book Store people.

This Christian business is doing what anybody with a backbone should be doing. The least we can do is say "Amen."

9 posted on 12/28/2012 4:45:16 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Amen.)
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To: NYer; Salvation; marshmallow; Dinah Lord; Brytani; Petronski; SE Mom; sneakers; ...
Hmmm... I'm thinking....

thinnking...

thinking of a way to scrounge up $10 and buy pens, pencils, maybe a good pair of scissors? And support these Hobby Lobby / Mardel Book Store people.

This Christian business is doing what anybody with a backbone should be doing. The least we can do is say "Amen."

10 posted on 12/28/2012 4:45:16 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Amen.)
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To: NYer; Salvation; marshmallow; Dinah Lord; Brytani; Petronski; SE Mom; sneakers; ...
Hmmm... I'm thinking....

thinnking...

thinking of a way to scrounge up $10 and buy pens, pencils, maybe a good pair of scissors? And support these Hobby Lobby / Mardel Book Store people.

This Christian business is doing what anybody with a backbone should be doing. The least we can do is say "Amen."

11 posted on 12/28/2012 4:45:30 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Amen.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Lots of defiance of the emperor going on.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 4:45:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amen


13 posted on 12/28/2012 4:58:27 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Agreed,

Love me some Hobby Lobby!!!


14 posted on 12/28/2012 4:59:26 PM PST by joesjane ((The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

God bless them.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 5:00:51 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
In ruling against the companies last month, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions but that "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."

So individuals don't qualify for 1st Amendment protections? How Soviet of you, Comrade Heaton.

16 posted on 12/28/2012 5:01:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I drove by one yesterday. I really don’t frequent them or any of their competitors, but I need to go in and find *something* I can buy from those guys.


17 posted on 12/28/2012 5:04:06 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’m thinking that we should make up fliers that tell the story, and pass them out to people coming and going at Hobby Lobby. Put Sotomeyer’s (sp} office number and ask people to flood the lines. This company is very woman and family friendly.


18 posted on 12/28/2012 5:05:46 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

A lot more companies are going to have to get a spine and stand of to the Food Stamp President. If enough refuse to provide the abortion stuff, drop health care or just flood the courts with suits there is a chance that the law will be nullified.


19 posted on 12/28/2012 5:07:27 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Though I don’t like what is being forced upon this company, the reality is, the judge is following the law as it stands IMHO. Their not a religious institution. Their a commercial enterprise.


20 posted on 12/28/2012 5:11:53 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

“The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” - Some guy named Bastiat.


21 posted on 12/28/2012 5:13:31 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Great Idea.

I’ll go there next week and buy something and then send them a note thanking them for their brave stance.

In the 80’s I nearly acquired them as a customer. I lost the deal but still respected them as a company.

Same as I do for Chick-fil-a and In & Out Burger.

Well that’s great. Now I’m hungry.

I’m thinking I’ll go to Sonic for some onion rings.


22 posted on 12/28/2012 5:13:56 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

What is this $10 thing you speak of?


23 posted on 12/28/2012 5:19:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Marine_Uncle
It isn't law passed by our reps and senators. It is a regulation written, passed and enforced by a single person, Sebellius. It is tyranny and there is no moral reason to obey it.

And . . . religious liberty is our individual right, so it would be unconstitutional even if Congress passed it as law.

24 posted on 12/28/2012 5:22:07 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: Coldwater Creek

A wonderful idea! Will you do it?


25 posted on 12/28/2012 5:30:36 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Amen.)
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To: Jacquerie

Good point, and an argument can be made that Congress has exceeded its power of delegation by allowing regulators to conjure up regs so clearly out of step with constitutional first principles.


26 posted on 12/28/2012 5:40:37 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amen.

We don’t have a Hobby Lobby in our area but we’ll make it a point to stop when visiting my mother-in-law who has one by her.


27 posted on 12/28/2012 5:43:12 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: Mrs. Don-o

The actual remedy is simple.

Offer a 100% employee paid additional group plan only for birth control issues.


28 posted on 12/28/2012 5:46:01 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Marine_Uncle
Ah. I see your point. However the family that owns Hobby Lobby says the govt. has given them the choice of either perform an immoral act (pay for abortion pills, contraceptive and sterilizations for their employees) or shut down.

This is not right. Not only do churches have a 1st Amendment right to the Free Exercise of Religion, but individual citizens do too. That partiular Amendment to the Constitution begins with some of the most blessed words in hte English language, "Congress shall make no law..."

I don't think the govt. would dare to tell a business owned by an Orthodox Jewish family, for instance, that they had to open and do business on the Sabbath. Or be shut down.

Or to tell a business owned by a Muslim family, that they had to give their employees coupons for specifically Hams, Bacon and Pork Sausage as a benefit. Or be shut down.

And this happens to be not a bacon issue, but a life-and-death issue, literally, on which the govt. is instructing this business to do something they see as being accomplices to an abominable act.

I think Hobby Lobby is right: the government does not have the authority under the U.S. Constitution to conscript ANYBODY to renounce their moral code. Especially when there are other ways the govt. could distribute contraceptives and morning-after pills if they wanted to, e.g. they could hand the damned stuff out on the street if they wanted to, rather than coerce employers to offer them as a "benefit," when their religious, moral, and ethical belief forbids them to do so.

29 posted on 12/28/2012 5:50:38 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, there’s no $10 limit. I was just thinking I should buy something I can really use (e.g. a good pair of scissors?) and $10 would be about right. I don’t have much to spend after Christmas!


30 posted on 12/28/2012 5:53:46 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Usagi_yo; Marine_Uncle
"The actual remedy is simple. Offer a 100% employee paid additional group plan only for birth control issues."

That would be just peachy if Darth Sebelius would allow it, but she won't. She has made it illegal to offer any insurance plan unless it includes 100% "free" abortion pill, contraception, and sterilization procedures (including surgery) with no deductable and no co-pay.

That's what it's all about.

If you offer an insurance plan that doesn't cover this stuff free/no copay, they will fine you $100 per day for each employee in their health plan. For Hobby Lobby, that comes to $1.3 million per day in government fines.

Did you realize that?

31 posted on 12/28/2012 6:02:33 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good thinking. I want some cake decorating supplies, I think I know where I’ll get them.


32 posted on 12/28/2012 6:03:34 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I cannot see how the gov-mint can enact anything which will deprive any company or an individual the right to not make a living. The head muslim in charge has no leg to stand on! Only if we cave and allow this to happen.


33 posted on 12/28/2012 6:04:22 PM PST by tiger63
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To: Mrs. Don-o

So, our North Bridge in Concord will be Hobby Lobby’s defiance. May God let it be the “shot heard around the world.” God bless them. They have my prayers and continued business.


34 posted on 12/28/2012 6:12:55 PM PST by MWestMom ("And those that cried appease, appease were hung by those they tried to please" - Horace Mann)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just got this from Father Pavone”Priests for Life will not be forced to include objectionable contraceptive services,
sterilization procedures and abortion-inducing drugs in the health insurance coverage we provide for our dedicated staff!


35 posted on 12/28/2012 6:13:39 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Simple solution, then. Don’t offer insurance to your employees.


36 posted on 12/28/2012 6:14:21 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

http://m.hobbylobby.com/coupon

I’m sure I can think of something to buy there.


37 posted on 12/28/2012 6:16:56 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Hobby Lobby doesn’t HAVE to provide Heath insurance to their employees, but they do. Now the govt. is forcing them to provide coverage for things they don’t agree with. It’s just another way this immoral govt. is taking away your freedom.


38 posted on 12/28/2012 6:25:44 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Spktyr
They see this as immoral, too: because that's pushing off the dire consequences onto the shoulders of their employees. They (Hobby Lobby) would then skip out by paying #2,000 per year as a "fine" to the HHS per employee, AND each employee would be required to individually purchase insurance which contains/subsidizes the morally objectionable coverage.

So "Hobby Lobby" would wash their hands "clean" with a $2,000/year fine per employee, and EACH EMPLOYEE would be stuck with the burden of having to resist individually.

Hobby Lobby says they consider it immoral and cowardly to get the company off "cheap" while forcing the entire burden onto their employees.

39 posted on 12/28/2012 6:26:37 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
e.g. they could hand the damned stuff out on the street if they wanted to

My guess is that the USSC will back Hobby Lobby 5-4 and then Uncle Obama will do exactly that (actually make it a behind the counter thing at pharmacies).

40 posted on 12/28/2012 6:27:27 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I spend way too much money at Hobby Lobby. And I will continue to do so.


41 posted on 12/28/2012 6:28:58 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Oh, sorry, didn’t finish. Don’t offer insurance, but allow an insurance company to advertise in employee spaces and automatically raise the salaries of all employees ‘coincidentally’ by the same amount as the ‘special deal’ that insurer would be offering their workers.


42 posted on 12/28/2012 6:32:33 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
I suppose the next suggestion would be: "OK, scr*w your employees even worse by cutting them all back to 29 hours a week."

What all these "solutions" have in common is: they represent surrender to tyranny. Any way you look at it, some innocent person gets pushed to the wall.

43 posted on 12/28/2012 6:32:47 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

See the above post.


44 posted on 12/28/2012 6:33:45 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
You're probably right. :o(

Then the pharmacists will have to resist.

45 posted on 12/28/2012 6:34:51 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

United, we stand...


46 posted on 12/28/2012 6:35:56 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs."

God bless them.

47 posted on 12/28/2012 6:43:24 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Sounds like Hobby Lobby hasn’t lined the right pockets. I’m sure a few donations to the DNC would allow Sotomayor and Sebelius to reconsider their decisions.


48 posted on 12/28/2012 6:52:25 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: TADSLOS

Better men than he have tried to kill Christianity.


49 posted on 12/28/2012 6:54:07 PM PST by wiley
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hobby Lobby is not just for women. There’s some cool stuff for dudes. For one, if you have a young boy doing Cub Scouts, there’s a section for Pinewood Derby cars. In fact, that’s why I went into our local Hobby Lobby to begin with. There’s a whole lot of models, toy trains, science experiments, wood working, rockets, and arts and crafts.


50 posted on 12/28/2012 7:07:09 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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