The news just came out today that the Supreme Court has decided to hear Hobby Lobby’s case against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. I have written extensively on this site about the battle that Hobby Lobby has been engaged in for over a year now. In short, Hobby Lobby has been asking for relief from Obamacare’s requirement that they violate their religious beliefs.
Obamacare’s mandate is one of the most egregious violation of religious liberty that I have ever seen. As a result of this law, the United States Government forces Christian business owners to pay for abortion inducing drugs in their employees’ insurance plans. It doesn’t matter that the law violates their religious liberty to conduct business in a way that is consistent with their conscience. Obamacare mandates that these Christians comply or face fines that will put them out of business.
The owners of Hobby Lobby are Christians, and they have said that they cannot in good conscience participate in ending innocent human life. Nor do they believe that the federal government has a right to force them to do so—which is precisely what Obamacare forces them to do. So they have taken their case to the courts, and that effort has made its way all the way to the top.
Hobby Lobby and others in their class will now press their case before the highest court in the land. What’s at stake? Whether or not the federal government will be allowed to force Christians to violate their consciences. In other words, there is much on the line in this case, and you can be sure that we will be watching very closely.
Oral arguments will likely be heard in March with a decision following in June. Stay tuned.
Previous Posts on Hobby Lobby’s struggle:
Does anyone care what happens to Hobby Lobby? – December 28, 2012
Do morning-after pills cause abortions? – December 29, 2012
Should Hobby Lobby pay the fines? – January 2, 2013
Remembering Chuck Colson’s call to civil disobedience – January 2, 2013
Owners and Execs of Hobby Lobby Speak Out – January 3, 2013
[For more on the Christian conviction of Hobby Lobby’s owners, see below.]