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Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Hobby Lobby

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby.

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in a major case that affects religious liberty and how businesses and their owners can observe their faith.

The main tenets of the case revolve around the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and its mandate to cover contraceptives.  It has previously exempted churches and strictly religious employers, but the mandate did not cover for-profit companies with religious owners. Hobby Lobby, a for-profit company, is owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians.  The owners have stated that covering certain contraceptives would violate their religious beliefs—for example, they view Plan B as a form of abortion.

Hobby Lobby would have had to pay $1.3 million per day in fines for failing to comply with the law (a $100 fine per day for each of its 13,000 workers), or pay $26 million to the government if it dropped its health care plan altogether. The plaintiffs argued the fine they would face for noncompliance with the mandate would be a substantial burden.

This decision protects the religious freedom that is guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment. The central issue of this case was whether the federal government can coerce Americans to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, and thankfully the Court has upheld the proper limits on the government’s power.

2nd Vote scores Hobby Lobby as a Lean Conservative Company – 2nd Vote Hobby Lobby Score: 3.8

Below is more background information on Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby Is a Company Operated On Biblical Principles:

According Its Website, Hobby Lobby Is Committed To “Honoring The Lord In All We Do By Operating The Company In A Manner Consistent With Biblical Principles.” (Hobby Lobby Website, http://www.hobbylobby.com/our_company/, Accessed 6/26/14)

Hobby Lobby’s Charitable Giving Focuses On Religious Charities and Universities. (Hobby Lobby Website,http://www.hobbylobby.com/our_company/ministry.cfm, Accessed 6/26/14)

“Faith Is At The Foundation Of The Business. Stores Play Christian Music And Are Closed On Sundays.” (Stephanie Simon, “Hobby Lobby Aims For Obamacare Win, Christian nation,” Politico, 6/16/14)

The Green Family, Owners Of Hobby Lobby, Have Donated Generously To Christian Institutions And Causes:

“The Greens Are Devoted Southern Baptists” Whose Family Foundation Focuses On “Gospel Outreach Efforts In The U.S. And Abroad.” The Greens are devoted Southern Baptists, and their family foundation is building a Bible museum five blocks south of the U.S. Capitol, set to open by 2017. The family foundation focuses more broadly on ‘gospel outreach efforts in the U.S. and abroad, contributing to the building of a dome for the Oklahoma State Capitol, and supporting social services such as the City Rescue Mission,’ according to the Religious News Service.” (Jaime Fuller, “Here’s What You Need To Know About The Hobby Lobby Case,”The Washington Post3/24/14)

The Green Family Has Given Tens Of Millions Of Dollars To Christian Colleges And Churches.  “The family has quietly given away tens of millions of dollars to Christian colleges and churches. They saved a faltering Oral Roberts University after a scandal with a gift of more than $70 million, gave a 170-acre ranch to pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church and have donated land and money to countless other Christian ministries, without fanfare.” (Stephanie Simon, “Hobby Lobby Aims For Obamacare Win, Christian nation,”Politico, 6/16/14)

The Green Family Is Spending Money To Spread Truth Of Scripture Through Public School Bible Curriculum, A Museum, And Public Forums On The Faith Of The Founding Fathers. “The evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby made a fortune selling crafts supplies and made headlines fighting government-mandated birth control coverage. They’re also using their billions to sell the American public on the literal truth of Scripture — through a public school Bible curriculum, a huge museum around the corner from the Smithsonian and public forums on the faith of the Founding Fathers.” (Stephanie Simon, “Hobby Lobby Aims For Obamacare Win, Christian nation,” Politico, 6/16/14)

“The Greens Are Sponsoring Scholarly Study Of The Bible And Hosting Forums Such As A Recent Panel On Faith’s Role In Shaping Early America, Which They Hope To Package For National Broadcast.” (Stephanie Simon, “Hobby Lobby Aims For Obamacare Win, Christian nation,” Politico, 6/16/14)