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Religious Organizations React to Hobby Lobby Ruling

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News media and the Internet were ablaze yesterday following the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby's challenge to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

Reactions from all sides were swift. Following are some of the comments from religious leaders around the country.

We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business. In this case, justice has prevailed, with the Court respecting the rights of the Green and Hahn families to continue to abide by their faith in how they seek their livelihood, without facing devastating fines. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to build a culture that fully respects religious freedom.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Court should be commended for recognizing that individuals do not surrender their religious freedom rights when they incorporate as a closely held, for profit business. A family-owned business—even a for-profit corporation such as Hobby Lobby—has religious freedom rights because members of the family do. A ruling against Hobby Lobby would’ve meant that the government could require pro-life business owners to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees through company health plans. That unconscionable conclusion is—thankfully—avoided by today’s ruling.
Dr. George O. Wood General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and licensed to practice law before SCOTUS

Today we are thankful for this step toward maintaining the integrity of our religious freedoms inherent in the First Amendment, but we will also remain ever mindful. The issue is and will continue to be purely and simply about religious freedom.
The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare’s contraception mandate is a tremendous victory for our freedom of conscience. I’m proud of the Green and Hahn families for holding true to their core convictions and standing up to Obamacare’s intrusive contraception and abortion coverage mandate. The Hobby Lobby and the Conestoga Wood Specialties businesses were built on people living out the American dream, and their owners should not have to check their religious beliefs at the door. For the moment, the Court has restored a vital piece of the Constitution that President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi attempted to deny working Americans ‘the free exercise’ of religion. Today is a great day for all Americans.
Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator and CEO of EchoLight Studios

The beauty of the American system is that it protects all Americans, not just those who adhere to the prevailing orthodoxies of the time. The wisdom of Congress in approving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act 20 years ago has also been reaffirmed.
National Association of Evangelicals President, Leith Anderson

"The Supreme Court made the right decision today and to me it is a hopeful sign that our country may be moving in the right direction," evangelist Greg Laurie told The Christian Post and also tweeted shortly after the announcement. "I applaud Steve Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, for making this bold stand in bringing this case to the highest court in our land, which clearly, the Lord has honored."
via The Christian Post

By ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court affirmed the distinct God-given right of conscience and religious freedom, which empowers the individual to embrace life, advance liberty and pursue happiness without having to sacrifice faith or conscience on the altar of expediency.
Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
via Latin Times



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