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Federal court forces Christian-owned business to obey HHS mandate
lsn ^ | 12.20.2012 | staff

Posted on 12/20/2012 9:06:14 PM PST by Morgana

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

“The Green family is disappointed with this ruling,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “They simply asked for a temporary halt to the mandate while their appeal goes forward, and now they must seek relief from the United States Supreme Court. The Greens will continue to make their case on appeal that this unconstitutional mandate infringes their right to earn a living while remaining true to their faith.”

The 10th Circuit judges denied the motion calling the religious burden to the Green family “indirect and attenuated.”

Founded in an Oklahoma City garage in 1972, the Green family has grown Hobby Lobby from one 300-square-foot retail space into more than 500 stores in 41 states.

“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” said David Green, founder and CEO. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only 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.

The business’s lawsuit acts to preserve its right to carry out its mission free from government coercion.

There are now 42 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate, and along with Hobby Lobby represents: Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; obamacare; prolife

1 posted on 12/20/2012 9:06:28 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

It’s not just companies.

The INDIVIDUAL has the right to religious freedom - objection to HHS mandates.

Don’t allow the government to define religious freedom. This fight belongs to all of us.


2 posted on 12/20/2012 9:14:06 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Morgana
The Sebaceous Cyst has to make sure that someone pays for all those "free" procedures that abortionists will be able to charge the Federal Government taxpayers at $5,000 a pop.
3 posted on 12/20/2012 9:20:53 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Morgana

Libealism is a cancer that is killing the nation. If decent Americans can be forced to fund the butchering of unborn children, there is nothing they cannot do.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 9:25:45 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: KittenClaws

Hobby Lobby is going to be forced to make a decision - whether to obey God, or men.

If it were me - I’d refuse to comply - then cash out when the Tyrants came to collect. Shut down the entire business. Retain the name and refuse to sell it while explaining that it is better to obey God than men.

Christians are going to have to decide now, whether to serve God or serve Mammon.


5 posted on 12/20/2012 9:26:05 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

I agree INVAR.

I find no fault with Hobby Lobby. But it seems that businesses are the only ones fighting the religious fight. The mandate affects all Christians, regardless of where they work.

Do you agree?


6 posted on 12/20/2012 9:34:09 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: INVAR

I agree INVAR.

I find no fault with Hobby Lobby. But it seems that businesses are the only ones fighting the religious fight. The mandate affects all Christians, regardless of where they work.

Do you agree?


7 posted on 12/20/2012 9:34:09 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Morgana

Welcome to the 28 hour workweek.


8 posted on 12/20/2012 9:46:42 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: Darren McCarty

That’s a loophole that the feds didn’t forsee. I think it is hilarious. But it will make people hold two jobs.


9 posted on 12/20/2012 9:50:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: INVAR

I don’t see too many preachers who don’t fear government more than they fear God. Very sad. Hagee is the only one I’ve seen lately.

And when Hobby Lobby closes down how many people will be put out of work? 300 stores = thousands laid off.

If I was going to bet, I’d bet the SC agrees with the lower court’s ruling.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 9:58:44 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Morgana

Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite stores - my daughter and I can spend way too much time and money there. Happy to support them....


11 posted on 12/20/2012 10:46:05 PM PST by porter_knorr
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To: Salvation
They foresaw it, they know that on 28 hours a week everyone who works for minimum wage or anything like it will be permanently on food stamps. That's what they want, to increase dependency. And, that's what the majority who bother to vote voted for.
12 posted on 12/20/2012 11:06:59 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Salvation

No, one job “on record” and the other is cash only. I know a couple of people of who do it in my neighborhood.


13 posted on 12/20/2012 11:20:28 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: KittenClaws

Yes. it affects every Christian. We either refuse to comply with the unbiblical dictates of man to follow God - or we reject God out of fear of men.

Of course - Totalitarian regimes like this one is becoming, will not tolerate anyone finding loopholes or refusing to comply. Those who do refuse will be made examples of, their property and wealth seized for redistribution and themselves gulag-bound for re-education or extermination.

Such is the history of Marxists far more tolerant than those now in power.


14 posted on 12/21/2012 12:53:35 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Morgana

Yesterday the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit went in favor of Wheaton College, so these questions are again going to have to be tackled by the Supremes.


15 posted on 12/21/2012 12:58:21 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: INVAR

INVAR, spot on.. I totally agree. Those decisions are slowly being forced upon all of us.


16 posted on 12/21/2012 1:24:10 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: Morgana

Look for an increase in “civil disobedence” practices.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 3:31:46 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: INVAR

I predict we could very well see the beginings of a second American civil war down the road.


18 posted on 12/21/2012 3:34:24 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Morgana

I agree with Hobby Lobby but I refuse to shop there. From what I have seen of their stock, at least 75% of what they sell is made in China—and I suspect that percentage is much higher. I guess it is okay to be complicit in the slaughter of innocents if they’re half a world away.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 5:00:38 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: Morgana

Events like this just beg for a forum on how to be creatively and theatrically rebellious of Obamacare.


20 posted on 12/21/2012 5:04:13 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Morgana

What the companies will have to do is to get out of the employee insurance business, let them worry about their own insurance.


21 posted on 12/21/2012 7:01:51 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

That’s the whole intent.

ObamaCare is nothing but a mechanism to force businesses to drop benefit insurance coverage - so as to get the American people to sign onto a single-payer Death Panel® Obama-run program.

All medical care will be dispensed by government - and all Doctors and nurses will be Government Union employees - complete with wage controls and restrictions on treatments. Think Cuba or Soviet Union Health Care.

That’s where this goes.


22 posted on 12/21/2012 8:45:00 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

That’s where this goes.


You are right, and i think it needs to be the individuals who have to worry about it, maybe that would help people to do some thinking.

The socialists will kill private enterprise, that is what it has been about for years, every thing else they have done has lead up to this latest crime against the constitution.


23 posted on 12/21/2012 11:59:52 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: max americana

I’ve done that as a business owner before. Paid the wife for teaching one of the groups in a child care center. Paid her veteran husband the cash for coming in each morning and sweeping and mopping as needed.


24 posted on 12/21/2012 6:51:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Morgana; mgist; raptor22; victim soul; Isabel2010; Smokin' Joe; Michigander222; PJBankard; ...

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:48 PM PST by narses
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To: narses
They obviously didn’t get the, “Christian Liberty” memo.
26 posted on 12/21/2012 8:30:48 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: INVAR; FatherofFive
Yes. it affects every Christian. We either refuse to comply with the unbiblical dictates of man to follow God - or we reject God out of fear of men.

Yet minority groups that claim to be Christian voted for Obozo in overwhelming numbers. Specifically where were the African American ministers that vowed to speak out against abortion and gay marriage? Does race trump God? Dos it trump what is right?

27 posted on 12/22/2012 4:04:28 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: verga

Americans still do not see the full picture yet. American Churchianity is a fulfillment of a prophecy in II Timothy 3 - and that passage is speaking of us in all practicality. Christians in America have a form of religion - but there is no power behind it. IOWs; Christ is mere lip service. Americans honor Jesus with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.

The TRUE religion of many so-called Christians is not biblical or Christ-centered. Leftist Ideology IS THEIR TRUE RELIGION. It is what they worship in mind and soul. It is the purpose of their efforts to perpetrate, proselytize and preach the gospel of the State, of which they demand all worship. It is why Jews in America vote for Israel-hating Marxists over and over again. It is one reason why blacks vote 99.99% for MarxoFascists (second only to free handouts and revenge against whites).

Some go as far as Jamie Foxx and declare Obama to be lord and savior, and the silence of the blacks in this nation to such blasphemy, indicates their complicity to MarxoFascism inasmuch as the silence of Islam to Jihadists condemns their religion.’

Worship of the State in Amerika is now the dominant religion in the country.


28 posted on 12/22/2012 10:57:54 AM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR
"Worship of the State in Amerika is now the dominant religion in the country."

I have a friend who grew up near Heidleberg, Germany. He was in gradeschool during the rise of Hitler and WWII. He recounts one episode in which the children in his class were asked who believed in and loved God. Being a strong Catholic and Lutheran children all raised their hands.

The teacher then told them to close their eyes and lower their heads and pray to God for a piece of chocolate, something that none had had in several years. They all prayed, but none of them received any chocolate.

The teacher then asked them how many believed in and loved the Fuhrer. My friend recalls that most raised their heads as much out of fear and anything else. She then told them to close their eyes, lower their heads and pray to Hitler for some chocolate. She then distributed a piece of chocolate to each child compliments of Hitler.

What is happening to the American public by the Obama administration is not unlike what happened in Germany.

29 posted on 12/22/2012 11:26:33 AM PST by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: Natural Law

I heard the same exact story from my B-I-L’s father who was 9 when Hitler came to power. He recalls that same ‘brainwashing’ and then goes on to discuss how the pastors in the Lutheran church preached Nazism and not the bible. It was preached that the suffering under the Weimar leadership was due to the Jews and the Europeans.

He was mandated to serve in the Hitler Youth as it was compulsory for all children - and what is frightening is seeing the fear in his face when he takes note of what is going on right now in America.

His exclamation is, “It’s happening all over again - but now, there is nowhere to flee to!”. He can not believe how ignorant Americans are of what happened just 70 years ago - and how much of it is being repeated nearly verbatim right in front of us.


30 posted on 12/22/2012 2:18:26 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR
"“It’s happening all over again - but now, there is nowhere to flee to!”. He can not believe how ignorant Americans are of what happened just 70 years ago - and how much of it is being repeated nearly verbatim right in front of us."

Most troubling is the repeat of the efforts to diminish the Catholic Church and remove it as a morally superior counter to the state. The left is today following the blueprint to the letter. Simply research the so-called Morality Trials conducted by the Nazis. We are seeing the deliberate efforts of the government and their media cheerleaders to cause the population to mentally associate Catholic priests with pedophiles and the Church as officially tolerating and even encouraging it. It was particularly effective among the anti-Catholic Protestants and atheists who wanted so desperately to believe it.

Peace be with you.

31 posted on 12/22/2012 7:02:00 PM PST by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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