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Hobby Lobby’s Decision

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Atlanta’s own Chik-fil-a’s CEO, Dan Cathy came under fire when he made a statement in favor of traditional marriage. While some protested his statement, many rallied in support of the fast food chain.
Most recently, as a faith based corporation, Hobby Lobby has taken a stand for their religious freedom. And not only for theirs, but the stand they took would ultimately be a victory for religious rights and convictions.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s right to hold to their convictions and not made to cover specific types of contraceptives to their employees touched on at three controversial issues; religious freedom, abortion, and Obamacare.
In the marginal 5-4 vote, the decision ruled in favor of “closely held” companies (those who have five or less people holding over 50% of a company’s stock). Many companies fall in this category. The decision was no doubt a huge blow to the Obama administration, while offering evangelicals some hope.
"This case is about the freedoms of all Americans -- women and men -- and it's something that all Americans should celebrate today," said Lori Windham, senior counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
"What we saw today was five male justices essentially rule that discrimination against women is not discrimination at all," Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, countered. "They said it’s OK for bosses to make personal decisions about health care which we pay for with our labor."
Emily Tisch Sussman of the Center for American Progress asked if the decision would affect other medical coverage such as, cancer treatments, vaccinations, etc., but Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund simply called the assumptions, “scare tactics.”
Hobby Lobby stood by their convictions, even paying the mandated fines, as mandated by Obamacare. Many supported the corporation’s decision, while others protested it. In the recent decision, Hobby Lobby won a victory, not only for themselves, but for all Americans—Americans should not be mandated to go against their religious beliefs and held convictions.
I can’t help but be reminded of how God honored and gave the victory to those who stood for right. The book of Esther offers a beautiful illustration, in addition to many others. The battle is ultimately not ours, but His. This should encourage us to stay vigilant in the place where God has placed us.

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