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For-Profit Corporations Don't Have Religious Freedom, Court Rules

For-profit corporations do not have religious freedom protections, a three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled. The case involved a furniture company owned by a Mennonite family that sued the government over birth control mandate. The ruling is at odds with a 10th Circuit decision that ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which increases the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will examine the cases. …read more

Source: The Christian Post

The Obama Administration’s Religious “Exemption”

By Derryck Green

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Last week, the Obama administration tweaked the requirements for the contraception mandate on religious-based businesses and non-profit organizations.  The “compromise”- which still exempts houses of worship, churches, worship centers, and church associations – includes exemptions for religious non-profit organizations, Christian and Catholic colleges, universities, hospitals, and religious charities from directly paying for health insurance that covers contraceptives and “reproductive services.” These organizations, still being legally mandated to cover their employees, would have to find a third-party insurer that would offer the employees a plan that included contraception- at no cost to the enrollee.

The so-called accommodation didn’t go far enough.  Though religiously-affiliated colleges, hospitals, and non-profit organizations are exempt from directly paying for and providing contraceptive insurance plans, this exemption doesn’t cover the entrepreneurs and private business owners who own their own businesses large or small (such as Hobby Lobby) that hold religious objections to the mandate.  Though they are not religious organizations in and of themselves, many of these businesses are managed by people who are guided by religious principles.  Therefore, the “compromise”, while exempting churches and loosely religious non-profits, continues to infringe upon the moral conscience of thousands of business owners and their employees, preventing the freedom guaranteed in the Constitution to express their religious values and beliefs.

Furthermore, the contraceptive exemption that continues to affect church-based charities, colleges, and hospitals aren’t fully exempted based on the fact that they employ- and serve- a significant number of people who may not share the same faith as the institution, even though it’s a religious organization.  That’s right.

Defined by the IRS, a church organization desires to advocate and instill religious values as its purpose or mission; it primarily employs people who share its religious principles and primarily serves people who share its religious tenets. Religious-based non-profits, on the other hand, may have a mission statement steeped in religious values and principles; but because it employs and serves people who may not share the same religious values, the organization doesn’t qualify.  And neither do the private for-profit businesses that, again, aren’t religious institutions.

This reeks of a litmus test that defines “religious” in the way(s) that suits the government’s ideological predispositions.  It’s also religious discrimination.  For the government, “religious” is based upon the people the religious institution employs and services, not the internal character or mission of the organization that does the charitable servicing.  So if those who receive charity, help, or employment agree with the religious-based mission of the business, then it qualifies as religious; if those who receive help, charity, or employment don’t happen to share the same religious viewpoints as the organization’s mission, then it doesn’t qualify as religious. No good.

There’s more that could qualify as religious discrimination. Remember, the religious-affiliated institution that is now exempt from directly purchasing a contraceptive insurance plan is still mandated to provide separate coverage for their employees that offers the contraceptive services- this is done through another insurance provider.  Remember still, it’s provided at no cost to the enrollee- zero co-pay.  The problem with this …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Baker In Hot Water For Refusing Service To Lesbian Couple

By B. Christopher Agee

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The owner of a bakery in Oregon is under investigation by state authorities after a lesbian couple complained he declined their order for a wedding cake.

One of the two prospective wives submitted a complaint, in which she alleges Aaron Klein called them “abominations.”

Klein denied he ever said that, though he does concede he refused to make them a cake.

“I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” he said, adding he holds no animosity against them but the issue is “just something I believe in very strongly.”

Though state law prohibits a business to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Klein contends constitutional provisions should supersede it.

“My First Amendment rights allow me to practice my religion as I see fit,” he explained.

As a strong proponent of states’ rights, I believe Oregon should be able to enact experimental laws that might be unpopular in other regions of the country. That provision should be limited, however, to any ordinance that does not run contrary to the Bill of Rights.

When a private entrepreneur is forced – under penalty of law – to conduct his business in violation of his religious beliefs, the law in question should be declared unconstitutional.

Unfortunately, as Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned retailers learned during the implementation of ObamaCare, a rogue government left unchecked can and will violate supposedly inalienable rights in the pursuit of even more power.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Christian Companies, Tax Exemptions, AND Obamacare

By Breaking News

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Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned businesses face heavy penalties if they don’t comply with ObamaCare mandates that violate their religious beliefs. But a Texas lawmaker is gaining support for what he believes will be helpful and send a message to Washington.

State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R), who believes the fines associated with the mandates are designed to bankrupt companies like Hobby Lobby into submission, has introduced HB 649 in hopes of providing a tax break to such businesses to defray the cost of the penalties.

“Texas has a choice to make: If we allow them to go down that path, and close their doors as a result, we’re going to lose that tax revenue anyway,” he submits. “This bill would at least give us a fighting chance for them to continue creating jobs and producing products and services in the state.”

Hobby Lobby has sued the government to overturn the requirement for its insurance to provide free coverage of abortion-causing drugs, and it faces $1.3 million a day in penalties.

“When we started out, we didn’t intend to have a bill that was pro-life, pro-religious freedom, pro-Tenth Amendment, anti-ObamaCare and all the mainstream Republican ideas out there right now all into one,” the Texas lawmaker tells OneNewsNow. “But when you really stop and look at the bill, I think that’s what it accomplishes.”

Read More at onenewsnow.com . By Charlie Butts.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

ObamaCare Contraception Suits Pile Up

By Matt Cantor The lawsuits over ObamaCare‘s contraception mandate are appearing almost weekly in federal courts, and it’s just a matter of time before the Supreme Court addresses the issue, experts tell the New York Times . It’s not just religious groups that are suing: Private companies like Hobby Lobby have kicked up a…
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Mass. campus given to group that will find owner

The Oklahoma-based owners of a former prep school campus in Massachusetts have donated the property to a Christian grant-making foundation, which will continue looking for a permanent owner.

The Green family, owner of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, announced Wednesday their donation to the National Christian Foundation, effective Dec. 28. The Georgia-based foundation is the largest Christian grant-making organization in the U.S.

The Greens acquired the 217-acre former property of the Northfield-Mount Hermon prep school in 2009, intending to give it to a college. After that fell through, they offered it for free to groups that promised to honor the legacy of evangelist D.L. Moody, who founded the school.

In September, the Greens announced the gift to Arizona-based Grand Canyon University. The school backed out weeks later, citing unanticipated costs.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News

Atty: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill

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 Inc., 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.”

Source: Fox US News

High court asked to block morning-after pill rule

Hobby Lobby Stores is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The arts-and-crafts company is owned by a conservative Christian family. They argue the drugs are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb.

Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby asked the high court for an injunction Friday, a day after a federal appeals court rejected the company’s request. A U.S. District judge turned down the company last month.

Hobby Lobby is the largest private employer suing over the mandate. Not providing the drugs will subject the company to fines of as much as $1.3 million a day.

Source: Fox US News