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Appeals Court: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

December 21, 2012

Last month I posted a letter by Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green.  The last paragraph in that letter reads:
My family has lived  the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and  providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is  going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to  choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a  choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The  government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your  fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies  but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic  church.

Read the entire letter right about here.

The Verdict Is In …

Appeals Court: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court ruled today that the Obama administration can force the Christian-owned-and-operated business to obey the HHS mandate that compels it to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for its employees.

Ruling:  (in part)

“Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

The rest here

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  1. December 21, 2012 7:51 am

    “Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

    So my question becomes, has anybody on that court ever gone to Law School or even glanced at The Constitution?

    Maybe whoever wrote that ruling really meant to say something along the lines of “The court has never had a case like this one before.”

    If corporations are “People” like some candied-date once reportedly said, doesn’t that mean that Hobby Lobby does indeed have a right to scream and shout the victory if they want to?

    I think if I was Hobby Lobby, I would tuck that old Bible in my polished alligator skin briefcase, put on my Five Thousand Dollar shark-skin weave suit, jump into my big black Land Rover and go to appeals court on that one!

    The very nerve of some legal eagle to say something like that!

    Why this is America where even the Atheist can freely exercise religion if desired!

    God Almighty! What is this old world coming to?

    I’m gonna go make myself a chicken sandwich after hearing this!

    With lots of mayonaise – - and a kaiser bun.

    Damn!

    • December 21, 2012 8:57 am

      I kinda doubt the founder of Hobby Lobby carries his bible in an alligator skin case and wears $5,000 shark skin suits. Perhaps he could afford those things but somehow he doesn’t come across that way. I think anyone who actually reads the original letter will see that these are honorable people who built their own business, following the dictates of their hearts and now the government is forcing them to do something that they are morally opposed to or receive massive fines …. thanks Obama, nicely done attempting to cripple a successful business. I’m wondering if they just might close the doors …. lotta lost jobs.

    • December 21, 2012 12:32 pm

      I have bought a $5 picture frame at one of those places for $35 so yeah – - maybe they should.

      Anyway You are right! The Healthcare Law should definitely make provision for people who do not want to associate with it on moral grounds to simply opt out.

      Of course, once an opt out is made, there can be no provision for reinstatement.

      The same with entitlement programs such as social security: I believe that people who do not want to support these things with their taxes should be given opportunity to opt out officially and from then on they would either not pay taxes on such stuff or they could use their registered opt out status as a means of getting an extra refund at tax time to cover whatever they paid into the systems or they could opt into an extra percentage of their paychecks that would not be taxable so that the costs of these entitlements would not be born by those who opt out.

      Again, once opted out there is no getting back in without a proportionate reinstatement to the tax system that funds these things.

      In other words, let people who want these health care laws and these entitlements be the ones who do the paying and the benefitting and let those who don’t want any part of it all off the hook as long as they aren’t empowered to get benefits they are not entitled to receive.

      It’s like I always said – - Let people who smoke have their own areas and let people who do not smoke stay out of the smoking areas – - don’t pass laws to prohibit everyone from smoking just because some do not like it.

      Same with Gay Marriage – - don’t like Gay Marriage? Don’t get one!

      Abortions? Don’t like them? Don’t get them! But do9n’t stop people who want and need them from being able to get them if they were willing to pay the price out of their own pockets. (No public funding for these things.)

  2. December 21, 2012 9:24 am

    Hobby Lobby owner has always stood on integrity and Chritian values. They cannot give in to this God-hating healthcare law of Obama and keep their values. I believe they may just close and that would be sad for so many workers! I keep praying that God will step in now since it seems like everyone else is buckling under what I perceive is tyranny at its worst.

  3. December 22, 2012 3:21 am

    So the court has decided that corporations are not entitled to Constitutional rights. Insane. I hope they appeal!

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