Hobby Lobby Victory
Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that both employers and employees should be free to choose when it comes to conscience and healthcare. The government cannot impose laws upon family businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, that would force them to violate their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs.
The HHS mandate, which would have forced Hobby Lobby to pay for sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child, forced family businesses like Hobby Lobby to choose between violating their convictions or paying fines of up to $100 per employee per day if they did not comply.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy joined Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion in favor of Hobby Lobby.
We are thankful that the Court ruled in favor of the religious freedom of American business owners, and hope that this will also lead to favorable rulings in similar cases for non-profits and religious groups.
Quick Facts about the Hobby Lobby Ruling
In conclusion, although it is a victory, it is merely a small step in the right direction. The Court missed an opportunity to set a high standard for religious liberty, rather than merely slowing the erosion of this fundamental right. We are still grateful for this decision, but look forward to a time when the Court will be much more forceful for liberty.
Watching the Mississippi U.S. Senate race unfold over the past few months, it has become very clear who our friends are and who our enemies are.
It's also become painfully clear that more and more often, our enemies are within our own party.
Thad Cochran's campaign and supporters spent millions demonizing conservative Chris McDaniel, a fellow Republican. His allies spent tens of thousands of dollars calling Chris McDaniel racist and turning out Democratic voters to steal the Republican primary from McDaniel, who won the clear majority of Republican votes. They are willing to sacrifice principle for power, conviction for compromise. They are willing to ignore the voice of Mississippi's Republican voters by recruiting ten of thousands of Democratic voters to cross over and vote for Thad Cochran, who campaigned on a platform of big government spending and food stamps. We will not forget how they sought to crush our voice.
Conservatives are not the ones being divisive. We are not the ones alienating the base of the Republican party. The liberal Republican establishment is. We want to fight together for one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. They want power. And we will remember how they betrayed us to stay in power.
Conservative Republicans must stand together. We must stand on principle. We must stand with courage and conviction.
Remember Mississippi. And don't stop fighting.
- Peter B.
"I want to be very, very clear: there is nothing dangerous or extreme about wanting to balance a budget! There is nothing dangerous or extreme about defending the Constitution and the civil liberties therein. And there is nothing strange at all about standing, as people of faith, for a country that we built, that we believe in."
We ask you to join us and tens of thousands of your fellow Americans in petitioning the White House to take action in the case of Meriam Ibrahim, who has been sentenced to death in Sudan for converting to Christianity.
Please read the full petition below. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by June 27th to receive an official response from President Obama's administration. At the time of this post, there are just over 41,000 signatures, which means 59,000 signatures must be added in 17 days. Please SIGN and SHARE the petition on the WhiteHouse.gov petition site.
We strongly urge the administration to take action in the case of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who with her toddler and newborn baby (who pending the proper documentation are American citizens) is languishing inside a prison in Khartoum. While Meriam awaits execution for the “crime” of converting to Christianity, her children are forced to be at her side in a prison that a 2008 U.N. document reported as having an infant mortality rate of one per day in the summer. No innocent child should be in this situation. We urge you to pressure the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. Please grant her expedited safe haven in the U.S., where she could seek asylum.
Ten years ago today the Fortieth President of The United States of America passed way.
President Ronald W. Reagan was a great man, a great president and a great American. He once said that "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."