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  • Sturm: Who’s imposing their values on whom?

    04/10/2014 8:09:56 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | April, 10, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Shouldn’t college students know as much American civics as they do pop culture? MRCTV went to American University to find out, discovering few students who could name a single U.S. senator or the number of senators from each state, though most knew the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Equally surprising are polls showing that only one-quarter of Americans can identify the vice president or name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly and petition), though over half knew at least two cartoon characters from “The Simpsons.” Before suggesting Americans’ ignorance is...
  • Why Contraceptives Are Important

    04/05/2014 8:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    In a free market, no one would ever purchase insurance coverage for contraceptives, any more than they would use health insurance to pay for seatbelts or airbags in automobiles. Because of their low cost almost everybody can afford contraceptives and if price is a deterrent they are available for free from local public health authorities or from such private organizations as Planned Parenthood. Further, how did anyone ever get the idea that people should give up their First Amendment rights when they incorporate? This issue goes far beyond the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases now before the Supreme Court....
  • Why can Mozilla have corporate convictions but not Hobby Lobby?

    04/05/2014 4:49:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 30 replies
    Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission ^ | APR 4, 2014 | PHILLIP BETHANCOURT
    This week a well known company whose products I have used for years made national headlines. Why? They made a controversial decision based on their closely held corporate convictions in response to a national outcry. They were criticized by those on the other side who claimed that their expression of their organizational beliefs would violate the freedom of their employees and cause them harm. No, I am not talking about Hobby Lobby. I am talking about Mozilla. Yesterday, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich resigned amidst an online furor that erupted because he donated $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8...
  • Five Rules for Covering Breaking News

    04/04/2014 4:15:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    News of yesterday's murders and rampage at Ft. Hood began to surface just as my national radio show was beginning. The first segment of the program was with Senator Marco Rubio --itself a newsmaker-- was wrapping up as first reports of an "active shooter at Ft. Hood" appeared on Twitter. The second segment, about DOD's budget with Robert O'Brien of Arent Fox included two references that a story was developing and O'Brien, a veteran of media firestorms from years at the U.N. and an experienced litigator, was careful to note the number one concern was for the victims and their...
  • This Nasty Comic Strip on Religious Freedom (that) Ran in the NY Times

    04/01/2014 11:47:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 31, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    So it would seem the New York Times believes that if you want to make a living you must give up your constitutionally protected rights. I guess because money is dirty and so are those evil Christians...or something. Click image to enlarge it.
  • Can the Supreme Court duck the central issue in the Hobby Lobby case?

    03/31/2014 5:41:06 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 17 replies
    CatholicCulture.org: Pray. Think. Act. ^ | March 28, 2014 | Phil Lawler
    Can the Supreme Court duck the central issue in the Hobby Lobby case? By Phil Lawler - March 28, 2014 6:18 PM In the the Hobby Lobby case, a key question facing the Supreme Court is whether a corporate enterprise qualifies for the same religious-freedom protections as an individual. At first glance that seems a very simple question. It is a long-established principle of Anglo-American law, set forth clearly in Blackstone’s Commentaries even before the American Revolution, that for legal purposes, a corporation is a person. For purposes of affirmative-action programs, the US government recognizes certain corporations as “minority” contractors,...
  • Hobby Lobby’s Green family meets with Pope Francis

    03/31/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/31/14 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Days after discussing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ fight over contraception with President Obama, Pope Francis met Monday (March 31) with members of the Green family, the Oklahoma billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama’s contraception mandate to the Supreme Court last week. The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops. A Vatican statement after the meeting said that the two men talked about issues including “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,” a veiled reference to...
  • Hobby Lobby: Should Employers be Forced to Provide Abortifacients?

    03/31/2014 9:01:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the Hobby Lobby case, to decide whether a business that provides health-care insurance to its employees can be forced to include abortifacients in its coverage. Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate of providing abortifacients. Hobby Lobby is a family-owned arts and crafts store, run by Christians based out of Oklahoma. The family has devoted itself to Christian mission work, and Christian music is played over the loudspeakers in its stores. The owners are not Catholic, and aren’t even objecting to providing contraceptives, it...
  • Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?

    03/30/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/30/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    If Betsey McCaughey is correct (and I bet she is, because she has not only read the entire ObamaCare bill, she has written a book about it), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan publicly humiliated herself during the oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case, revealing that she either did not read the law, or failed to comprehend it if she did so. Writing in the New York Sun, McCaughey lays out what is wrong with the Justice’s declaration about Obamacare: she asserted that the statute itself mandates provision of birth control. Not one word in the Affordable Care Act guarantees...
  • Combative Bench Grills IRS in Halbig v. Sebelius (ObamaCare)

    03/29/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Jonathan Keim
    There were fireworks at the D.C. Circuit today as the IRS and HHS squared off against appellants challenging the IRS’s power grab in Halbig v. Sebelius. I attended arguments today and provide the following synopsis. (Carrie Severino has discussed the district court’s opinion here, here, here, and here. Carrie also filed an amicus brief in the case.) The central question is: Does the phrase “established by the State” actually mean what it says, or is that just a fancy way of saying “established by either the State or by the federal government?” At issue is a tax subsidy that the IRS...
  • Georgia Catholic organizations win permanent exclusion from Obamacare birth control mandate

    03/28/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:49 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    ATLANTA, GA, March 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A federal judge has blocked the Obama administration from enforcing its controversial contraception mandate against Roman Catholic-affiliated organizations in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah. U.S. District Judge William Duffey ruled Wednesday that the federal government cannot force Catholic schools, hospitals or charities to cover sterilizations, contraceptives or abortion-causing drugs in their health plans, as Obamacare requires of all employers, because to do so would violate their religious freedoms. The Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception of any kind is gravely sinful.
  • Justice Kagan, You Gotta Serve Somebody (SCOTUS on the HHS mandate)

    03/28/2014 3:57:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 28, 2014 | Francis J. Beckwith
    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 – ERV)   But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
 You’re gonna have to serve somebody
 Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
 But you’re gonna have to serve somebody --Bob Dylan, “Gotta Serve Somebody” (1979)   Reading the transcript of Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases, I...
  • Video: President Of Hobby Lobby Speaks Out!

    03/28/2014 12:32:00 PM PDT · by absentee · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/28/14 | Caleb Howe
    In an exclusive interview for Heritage, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green very reasonably and calmly articulates a perfectly rational, good faith, and justified point of view that is the underlying motivating fact of this case. [video] Do we lose our ability to have religious freedoms that the founders put to paper on our behalf merely because we have opened a business? That's the real question of the Hobby Lobby case, and it is a good one. Green points out that there are 20 contraceptive methods required, 16 of which the company provides. There are four that are abortifacients, says Green,...
  • Six Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases The media narrative is false

    03/28/2014 8:20:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 24, 2014 | Gabriel Malor
    This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious beliefs. The outcome of the combined cases, popularly styled Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, will shape how government interacts with religious Americans for decades to come. It is no overstatement to say that an adverse outcome would banish from public life many Americans who wish to go on operating their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs, as they have for decades. But a funny thing happens if you pick up a newspaper covering these cases....
  • Pro-abortion “Comedian” Laura Levites says pro-life teen should be murdered

    03/27/2014 12:19:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Cassy Fiano
    The Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case has abortion activists extremely riled up. The way they carry on, you’d think that David Green was personally mandating whether or not his female employees could have sex and use birth control. Of course, Hobby Lobby already covers 95% of prescription birth control — they’re just not willing to cover abortifacients like IUDs, Ella, and Plan B. And they aren’t preventing anyone from using it, either. They just don’t want to pay for it. This is evidently unthinkable, and predictably, the pro-aborts are losing their minds over it. Conservative website Twitchy highlights the rantings...
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • Planned Parenthood Founder on Abortion: ‘No Matter How Early…It Was Taking Life’

    03/27/2014 11:21:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2014 - 12:33 PM | Penny Starr
    Margaret Sanger, a founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote in her autobiography that an abortion at any stage is the taking of a human life. “To each group we explained simply what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life," wrote Sanger. Planned Parenthood, which is now the leading abortion provider in America, will this week give House Minority Nancy Pelosi, its Margaret Sanger Award. Planned Parenthood says Pelosi has earned the honor through her “leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement over the course of...
  • Citizens United and Hobby Lobby

    03/27/2014 7:21:37 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 13 replies
    I am not a lawyer or legal beagle nor have I even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, but would there not be some connection with the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United and the current Hobby Lobby case? And if so, why isn't this being discussed in the media and conservative talk radio? In Citizens United, the Supreme Court basically established corporations as individuals allowing them to contribute to political campaigns. If a corporation is regarded as an individual when it comes to political contributions, why would not a corporation be given religious freedom rights as an individual? The...
  • Feminist “Comedian:” I’d Personally Like to Castrate Every Male Conservative Christian

    03/27/2014 8:41:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Tim Grahm
    WARNING: Graphic language… Joe Newby at The Washington Examiner has found a real doozy of a “comedian.” Her name is Laura Levites – with obviously no connection to the priests of the Old Testament. (She’s an atheist with a fondness for Ricky Gervais.) “I would personally like to castrate every Male Conservative Christian so that they have NO reproductive rights,” she wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag “#HobbyLobby.” She certainly knows how to draw attention to herself. Newby said that’s not all. She also expressed her hatred of Christians in a tweet calling conservative Christians “scumbags,” claiming they are “really...
  • How Hobby Lobby Will Hurt Conservatives (Barf Alert!)

    03/27/2014 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Lawyers for Hobby Lobby this week urged the Supreme Court to let companies opt out of certain health insurance rules for religious reasons, and they have a good chance of success. If employers are allowed to refuse to provide coverage that pays for certain types of contraception, it will be a big victory for religious conservatives. Or will it? After all, they have found before that getting your way does not always mean advancing your cause. Sometimes winning is a recipe for defeat. That was the surprising case with same-sex marriage. Not long ago, public opinion was strongly opposed to...
  • The Religion of Liberalism - Hobby Lobby battles the True Faith

    03/27/2014 5:26:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are concerned. They should be. The religion of liberalism is under attack. The Hobby Lobby fight in the high court? The tussle with the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue over gays pushing their agenda in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The latest skirmish over global warming, aka climate change? The controversy about government funding of Planned Parenthood and the group’s abortion stances? Common Core? The business of turning NASA from a space agency to an outreach group to Muslims? All of these and more are different parts of a wholly formed universe...
  • Intellectual Dishonesty

    03/27/2014 5:14:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    The world is on the verge of coming to an end. No, not because of Russia’s aggression or Jihadists getting a nuclear weapon, but because the Supreme Court could rule that owners of companies cannot be ordered to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Yes, society has sunk this low. The Supreme Court is not expected to rule until June in the case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby, so you’ve got some time to stock up on canned goods and toilet paper before the reckoning. But, if the Constitution means anything, that reckoning will come to pass. At stake is...
  • Sandra Fluke: 'Corporations Cannot Have Religious Views' [Hobby Lobby case]

    03/26/2014 6:48:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 66 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/25/14 | Bradford Thomas
    Sandra Fluke sounds the alarm over "potentially catastrophic" Hobby Lobby case Social justice attorney Sandra Fluke, now running for California State Senate, sounded the alarm Tuesday about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, which pits the religious objections of the owners of corporations against Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Fluke called the case a “potential catastrophe for women’s rights,” arguing that “corporations cannot have religious views” and a rule in the favor of religious objections would set America on a dangerous course. USA Today reports that the first day of the hearings did not...
  • Justice Sotomayor Compared Abortions to Vaccinations, Blood Transfusions in Hobby Lobby Case

    03/26/2014 6:45:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Over the years we’ve heard all sorts of attempts to downplay abortions as something insignificant rather than an act that destroys the life of an unborn children and injures women. Sotomayor Senate RolesDuring yesterday’s oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, which observers think will have the Supreme Court ultimately siding with the Christian-run business in its efforts to not have to pay for abortion-causing drugs, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the latest to make an oft-putting comparison. While the lawyer for the Obama administration appeared surprised that the case had anything to do with abortion, Justice Sotomayor compared abortions to...
  • Administration: We Can Force You to Cooperate in Killing Your Grandchild

    03/26/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Question: Does the Obama administration claim the right to force Americans to cooperate in killing their own grandchildren? Answer: Yes. On the face of it, this seems like an outrageous claim. But it is true. The outrage is what the government is demanding Americans do. The Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- includes a "requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage." The main part of this "requirement" says: "An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for...
  • OBAMACARE ABORTION MANDATE ON THE ROPES AT SUPREME COURT

    03/26/2014 11:12:51 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2014 | by KEN KLUKOWSKI
    In one sentence, Justice Anthony Kennedy signaled he may vote to strike down Obamacare’s so-called “abortion mandate,” suggesting he may form the crucial swing vote in delivering a body blow to the president's signature legislative achievement. “What kind of a constitutional structure do we have if Congress can give an agency the power to grant or not grant a religious exemption based on what the agency determined?” Kennedy asked. It's a question that cuts to the core of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, two consolidated cases over whether the government can force a private business...
  • Video: MSNBC host asks whether we can trust Catholic justices in Hobby Lobby case

    03/26/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 25, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    If one wants sober and careful analysis of legal issues, the last media outlet one would choose would be MSNBC — and Joy Reid demonstrates why. Taking a page from Jamie Stiehm and using a construct that would be called bigotry in any other context, Reid warns viewers that a Supreme Court full of Catholics are a threat to the progress toward a more secular nation, especially in the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga case being heard at the Supreme Court today. Can you really trust Catholics to interpret the law, Reid asks (via Truth Revolt and Jeff Dunetz):(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Now, the most famous...
  • TMLC Senior Counsel Hopeful Justice Kennedy Will Side with Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

    03/26/2014 9:32:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | March 26, 2014 | Thomas More Law Center
    Thomas More Law Center Senior Trial Counsel, Erin Mersino, was in the U. S. Supreme Court gallery yesterday, as the Court heard the historic oral arguments regarding challenges to the HHS Mandate filed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. Mersino observed, “There was a division amongst the Court. Justice Kagan was clearly advocating to uphold the Mandate, while Justices Scalia, Roberts, and Alito recognized how the Mandate violated the plaintiffs’ freedom of religion.” Continued Mersino, “But based on comments of the various Justices, and particularly, Justice Kennedy, I am hopeful that religious freedom will prevail with the majority...
  • Republicans Optimistic After Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Arguments

    03/26/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/26/2014 | ODRIGO SERMEŃO
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court heard Tuesday morning oral arguments for two challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires employers to include birth control in their employee health plans. Activists on both sides of the issue clashed outside the courtroom in Washington. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union argued that business owners should not impede female workers from obtaining birth control free of charge in their health plans. On the other side, conservative and Tea Party groups argued that businesses should be free to choose whether they want to comply with the law’s contraceptive mandate. The...
  • The 15 Dumbest Anti–Hobby Lobby Signs at the Supreme Court

    03/26/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/26/2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Supporters of an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires religious business people to violate their beliefs were out in full force this morning at the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which pits Obamacare against small businesses seeking to preserve personal and religious freedom. Here’s a look at some of the most nonsensical and ridiculous signs and participants at Tuesday’s rally. 1. “Hobby Lobby: This Uterus Is For You” Not sure what this means #SupremeCourt #HobbyLobby pic.twitter.com/mAekCTdp6L — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 25, 2014 2. “Pro-Life? Eating Raped Murdered Animals Makes...
  • Hobby Lobby Has Its Day In Court - Despite the antics of liberal justices

    03/26/2014 4:21:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 26, 2014 | David Catron
    One of the reasons Clarence Thomas gives for the studious silence he maintains during Supreme Court hearings is that his fellow justices have shown an increasing tendency to talk too much during oral arguments, thus preventing advocates from presenting their arguments coherently. Yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius suggest that Thomas is right.Paul D. Clement, who appeared on behalf of the two companies challenging the Obamacare contraception mandate,was repeatedly interrupted and badgered by justices Sotomayor,Kagan,and Ginsburg. The transcript from yesterday’s hearing shows that Clement was permitted to talk less than...
  • Religious Freedom At Stake In Hobby Lobby Case

    Yesterday the Supreme Court heard the case of Sebelius v Hobby Lobby. This is a potentially momentous case. Hobby Lobby is owned by a Christian family. Their religious beliefs are such that they oppose abortion in any form. They provide healthcare to their employees, however they don’t provide coverage for any procedure or pill that could harm an unborn child. Under Obamacare, the Federal government has mandated contraception and abortion coverage. Hobby Lobby objects on religious grounds. The left is crying war on women, Sandra Fluke is loudly proclaiming that corporations aren’t people and can have no religion. To take...
  • Tired of Hobby Lobby?

    03/26/2014 2:42:12 AM PDT · by rhema · 50 replies
    LCMS Blog ^ | March 24, 2014 | Matthew Harrison
    You’re tired of hearing about Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court, tired of all the talk of fines and health-care plans and reproductive rights, tired of being bombarded with words spoken in anger from both sides of the aisle. You want to put your fingers in your ears, switch the channel, and wait for the ruling and the rest of it to just go away. But even though you are tired, even though you’ve grown weary of having the same discussions about the same points, Hobby Lobby and fines and health-care plans still matter. They matter because your country –...
  • Pin drop! Obama lawyer stuns Supreme justice

    03/25/2014 9:03:08 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 106 replies
    WND ^ | 3/25/2014 | GREG COROMBOS
    In a dramatic moment at the Supreme Court Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told justices that U.S. business owners have no religious freedom to reject government mandates forcing them to cover abortions. Justices and lawyers also sparred over whether businesses actually have religious freedom and whether striking down the Obamacare mandate makes women second-class citizens. The notable abortion exchange between Verrilli and Justice Anthony Kennedy came during oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, two cases linked by the companies’ owners objecting to the Department of Health and Human Services requirement that businesses fully...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

    03/25/2014 5:42:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Nina Totenberg
    There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical. The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. The owners object to two forms of contraception, IUDs and morning-after...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Ted Cruz makes surprise appearance, gives speech at Supreme Court in solidarity with Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 2:38:53 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 50 replies
    http://therightscoop.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz gave a great speech today in a surprise appearance at the Supreme Court, supporting the cause of Hobby Lobby and reminding people of the importance of our God-given right of religious freedom and why it is protected in our Constitution. He also predicted that the Supreme Court would strike down the contraceptive mandate and rule in favor of Hobby Lobby. Watch the full speech below:
  • Sen. Ted Cruz with Neil Cavuto

    03/25/2014 2:32:25 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Senator Ted Cruz with Cavuto speaking about the IMF in the Ukraine aid package and Hobby Lobby issue before SCOTUS.
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • Quick Review of Hobby Lobby Oral Argument (Kennedy and Breyer Leaning Favorably for Plaintiff?)

    03/25/2014 10:50:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Ed Whelan
    I didn’t attend this morning’s argument and will therefore reserve my own reading of the tea leaves until after I’ve reviewed the transcript. For what it’s worth, one person who did attend and who is very knowledgeable about the issues in the case (but who might suffer from an overly optimistic temperament) has given me his quick take. He sees a 6-3 victory for Hobby Lobby, with Kennedy and Breyer joining the conservatives on the bottom line. (Apparently, Breyer’s questions reflected his recognition that—as I discussed in this post—the accommodation that the Obama administration provided religious nonprofits is a less...
  • The War on Hobby Lobby: Obama wants to win this to prove a point.

    03/25/2014 10:23:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Rich Lowry
    Not too long ago, the Greens of Oklahoma City were law-abiding people running an arts-and-crafts chain called Hobby Lobby. They weren’t disturbing the peace, or denying anyone his or her rights. They were minding their own business — quite successfully and in keeping with their Christian faith. The roughly 600 Hobby Lobby stores stock Christian products, close on Sundays, and play Christian music. Then one day Uncle Sam showed up to make an offer that the Greens couldn’t refuse — literally. As part of Obamacare, federal law demands that the chain cover contraceptives that the Greens consider abortifacients. The family...
  • Barbara Boxer: Why no Viagra complaints?

    03/25/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 111 replies
    Barbara Boxer: Why no Viagra complaints? By: Tal Kopan March 25, 2014 11:28 AM EDT As the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about the Obamacare mandate on birth control coverage, Sen. Barbara Boxer questioned why those up in arms about the requirement have no problem with most insurance covering Viagra. “I have never heard Hobby Lobby or any other corporation, I could be wrong, or any other boss complain that Viagra is covered in many insurance plans, practically all of them, or other kinds of things, you know, for men, which I won’t go into,” Boxer said Tuesday on MSNBC’s...
  • Live Blog: Contraception Cases at Supreme Court

    03/25/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03/25/2014 | WSJ/Brent Kendall
    Lawyer Paul Clement, representing the challengers, received little time to offer opening remarks on his position before the court jumped in with questions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor got things started with this: If corporations can object on religious grounds to providing contraception coverage, could they also object to vaccinations or blood transfusions?
  • Contraception Mandate Trampling Religious Freedom?

    03/25/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 26 replies
    CBN ^ | March 25, 2014 | Paul Strand
    The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the most prominent case yet pitting some Americans' religious rights against Obamacare's edicts Tuesday. Some say Obamacare is forcing business owners who believe abortion is a sin to pay for contraception that will terminate life in the womb. Others warn if the justices side with those business owners, it could lead to all sorts of business owners using religion to try to dodge all sorts of laws. Hobby Lobby's owners have lived out their religious beliefs through the store chain for decades, like keeping all Hobby Lobbys closed on Sundays. They company is...
  • Supreme Court to take up ObamaCare contraceptive mandate in landmark case

    03/25/2014 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 25, 2014
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a landmark religion-based legal challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives in their health plans under ObamaCare. The case challenges the health care law's so-called "contraceptive mandate," which requires employers to offer health plans with a range of services at no extra charge, including all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators. Some of the nearly 50 businesses that have sued over covering contraceptives object to paying for all forms of birth control. But the companies involved in the high court case are...
  • There's Nothing Live-and-Let-Live About the Orwellian Pro-Abortion Left

    03/25/2014 5:59:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's fitting that the pro-abortion crowd dominating the Obama executive branch is not about to adopt a "live and let live" attitude toward its opponents in litigation concerning the government's effort to force corporations to subsidize the killing of human beings. The Affordable Care Act, an Orwellian title for a statute if there ever was one, requires employers to provide health care coverage for their employees that fully covers all forms of "contraception." Let's stop right there. Do you get the idea that the pro-abortion left is trying to force its ideology down our throats as much as it's trying...