Freedom of Religion & Hobby Lobby
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 18, 2014 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. Nineteen days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld religious freedom pertaining to limited sections of Obamacare. The court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other privately owned businesses that object to paying for abortion-causing contraceptives or sterilization are not required to pay for those services. It’s important to know that Hobby Lobby’s health coverage DOES pay for 16 contraceptives mandated by Obamacare, but does NOT pay for the four “morning-after pills” that may induce abortion soon after conception. In this case, the court upheld religious freedom in the workplace, despite constant pressure to redefine religious liberty as “freedom to worship” at home or at church, but not in public.
Hobby Lobby CEO David Green explained, “This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.” Continue reading