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Georgia Catholic organizations win permanent exclusion from Obamacare birth control mandate
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:49 EST | by Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 03/28/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT by topher

ATLANTA, GA, March 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration from enforcing its controversial contraception mandate against Roman Catholic-affiliated organizations in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah.

U.S. District Judge William Duffey ruled Wednesday that the federal government cannot force Catholic schools, hospitals or charities to cover sterilizations, contraceptives or abortion-causing drugs in their health plans, as Obamacare requires of all employers, because to do so would violate their religious freedoms. The Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception of any kind is gravely sinful.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: abortion; contraception; georgia; hobbylobby; obamacare; prolife; scotus; sebelius
I am not how this affects Hobby Lobby and what the US SCOTUS is considering on Hobby Lobby.
1 posted on 03/28/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT by topher
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To: topher
Initially posted to Front Page because:

Victory over Obamacare

Claim it is a permanent exclusion for Catholic organizations.

Probably a Good Baptist Judge who made the decision (my opinion)...

2 posted on 03/28/2014 10:02:41 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher
Probably a Good Baptist Judge who made the decision (my opinion)...

Definitely a Judge who KNOWS THE CONSTITUTION

3 posted on 03/28/2014 10:06:11 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

Why only Georgia and not the other 49 (or 56) states?


4 posted on 03/28/2014 10:08:37 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Brown Deer
With Hobby Lobby going to US SCOTUS, I felt this should be on Front Page of Free Republic.

That is my question as well, except I think the answer is that Federal Judge only has jurisdiction over Georgia.

However, most aspects of law are the "Legal Precedents" of something.

The fact this Federal Judge has ruled this way may put a nail in the coffin of the HHS Contraception Mandate (at least in terms of the Roman Catholic Church)

5 posted on 03/28/2014 10:21:20 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Brown Deer
It would be 55 states if California is broken into 6 states:

Math problem: 50 - 1 (California) + 6 (California segmented into a number of states).

It is important, as it would be possible to have flag with 5 rows of 11 stars each (prettier).

Before having 50 states, we had rows of 8 and 6, I think.

The number affects the design of the next American flag

6 posted on 03/28/2014 10:24:53 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

Explain that to 0bama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws


7 posted on 03/28/2014 10:43:16 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: topher

I think he was referring to Obama’s reference to 57 states.

We’ve had a state total being a prime number before. We can handle it. :)


8 posted on 03/28/2014 10:51:56 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Brown Deer
Why only Georgia and not the other 49 (or 56) states?

It has something to do with the jurisdiction of the court, and how they apply precedent.
9 posted on 03/28/2014 10:52:35 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Brown Deer
I would not use Obama as a reference for information to be "correct" -- Math problem, Department of Defense, Justice issue, etc.

My opinion of Obama is that he is the most incompetent president during my lifetime -- even more incompetent than Jimmy Carter.

My opinion only, Bill Clinton did a number of things as president that showed he had the "savvy" to be president. That does not mean I approve of his policies or his IMMORALITY -- just that he could "get things done".

Obama has made a mess of Obamacare just as LBJ did with his Welfare and other things to build a "great new society".

10 posted on 03/28/2014 11:26:11 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher

Depends on how narrowly the SCOTUS 0bamacare ruling is made. If it allows the mandate and is very broad, the next Federal Appeals Court up the line will overturn this verdict. If it’s narrowly ruled, this case might also wind up in the Supreme Court eventually. For now, it only affects Federal District 11, which is AL, GA and FL.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 12:18:13 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: topher

Georgia catholic organizations........what did they give up or agree to support what agenda in order to be exempt? gay marriage, abortion, contraception?


12 posted on 03/29/2014 4:03:30 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: Brown Deer

“Why only Georgia and not the other 49 (or 56) states?”

Patience; it has become the legal precedent for other jurisdictions. I’m more curious to see what happens to smaller businesses owned by conscientious Catholics.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 4:28:48 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: andyk
We’ve had a state total being a prime number before.

I've got $5,000 that says neither 0bama or Biden can explain the concept of a prime number. I might be willing to raise that bet.

Same goes for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Debbie Stabenow, Patty Murray, Dick Durbin and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

14 posted on 03/29/2014 5:10:31 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: topher
The number affects the design of the next American flag

The next Washington flag is solid-white.

15 posted on 03/29/2014 5:39:12 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: topher

Duffey is an alternate spelling of Duffy, which is an Irish name. And Judge Duffey is originally from Philadelphia, not Georgia. So chances are that he’s Catholic. (Not that it matters; a constitutionalist of any faith would see the contraception and arbotifacient mandate as the violation of the Free Exercise Clause that it is.)


16 posted on 03/29/2014 5:44:34 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: andyk

What prime number are you talking about? The next prime numbers after 50 are 53, 59 and 61. The 57 states that Obama said we have would not give us a flag with a prime number of stars (57 is 19X3), and such flag likely would have 3 rows of 10 and 3 rows of 9.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 5:58:13 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: ronnie raygun

“Georgia catholic organizations........what did they give up or agree to support what agenda in order to be exempt? gay marriage, abortion, contraception?”

A federal judge with jurisdiction over Georgia ruled that they cannot be forced to comply with the mandate, because to do so would violate their religious freedom rights.

It’s not an agreement between them and Obama/Sebelius to exempt them.

They got a favorable judicial ruling in a court case.

Their side won.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 7:30:26 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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To: FredZarguna

Very different cases. The Georgia case involves entities that are actually elements of the Catholic Church. While not centers of actual worship schools, hospitals, and charities carry out the Church’s Mission and are supervised by diocesan personnel and overseen by the bishop. This decision is actually a no brainer. Hobby Lobby’s case is seeking the right of private citizens to be secure from state compulsion to perform activities contrary to their religious belief. That’s a dicier situation. SCOTUS will be very careful in its decision as the consequences could be far reaching whichever way it rules. If Hobby Lobby wins could a Muslim or Muslim owned business refuse to pay a portion of its taxes that would be used to fund the GWOT on the grounds that the Koran condemns Muslim on Muslim violence? Could banks be forced to grant muslims interest free mortgages on the grounds that interest and usury violate Koranic teaching? I’m sure the lefty morons Kagan and Sotomayor have no need to consider thede ideas beause they simply parrott Barky’s speeches, but I actually think Scalia will raise these questions in the internal discussions, simply becase he’s an honest jurist who looks at the complete issue before the Court.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 8:10:45 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: topher
This likely won't affect HobbyLobby at all. First, it's a lower court ruling, likely in a completely different area from where Hobby Lobby filed their case. And mainly, there's this:

U.S. District Judge William Duffey ruled Wednesday that the federal government cannot force Catholic schools, hospitals or charities...

a) They aren't Catholic, the closest I can find is they are 'Christian', either Baptist or non-denominational.
b) Hobby Lobby is not a school, hospital, or charity.
20 posted on 03/29/2014 9:09:43 AM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: xkaydet65

In our law, bishops and priests have no higher standing than ordinary citizens. To grant them such would be an establishment of religion. The fact that “elements of the Catholic Church” are involved means nothing.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: topher

This will not stand.

Roberts is getting the phone call in 5..4..3..2..


22 posted on 03/29/2014 11:44:53 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: topher

My worry is that Catholics, biased toward socialism and the Democratic Party, once freed from the mandate, will simply go along with the rest.

November is a long way off.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 3:40:04 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: topher

Bump


24 posted on 03/30/2014 1:39:58 PM PDT by GirlShortstop (Every person has a duty to seek and serve the truth. Abp Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap)
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