AFA of PA Action Alert
March 25, 2014
Hobby Lobby Case Heard Before Supreme Court Today
Today oral arguments were delivered before the United States Supreme Court. The Hill reports the Court is sharply divided over the birth-control/abortion coverage mandate. Justice Elena Kagan said companies could claim religious beliefs in arguing for exemptions from laws governing everything from child labor to sexual discrimination.
“If your argument was adopted, then you would see religious objections come out of the woodwork,” she said.
Conservatives on the court, meanwhile, appeared to back the case brought by Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinetmaker.
Justice Antonin Scalia bristled at the suggestion that the First Amendment’s free exercise clause does not apply to corporations – one of a handful of arguments offered by the government in defense of the mandate.
“There is not a single case that says a for-profit corporation can’t make a free religion claim,” he said.
1.) The Court is expected to hand down its decision in June. Pray that they do not hand down the same type disastrous decisions they have the past two Junes (upholding Obamacare in 2012 and last year throwing out Section 2 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act).
Pray that the First Amendment will be upheld to give the protections that the Founding Fathers intended when they penned the words: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
2.) If you are on Twitter follow the case @HobbyLobbyCase when sending tweets use the hashtag #HobbyLobby