A Catholic Hospital is being challenged for not performing an abortion, or referring a women to an abortion clinic. Tamesha Means of Muskegon, Michigan went to Mercy Hospital because of complications with her pregnancy. Mercy Hospital, seeing that there was little hope for the child, told her that there was nothing they could do. Means is suing for their refusal to discuss abortion as an option. Mercy Hospital is not the only hospital in Muskegon, and Means could have gone to others seeking assistance. Mercy lived up to its values and is now being sued. Religious Liberty is under attack.
Liberty University filed suit against Obamacare directly, challenging the 2012 Supreme Court decision. They also challenged the HHS mandate, which requires plans to cover abortifacias. Liberty's petition was denied in the 4th Circuit on December 2.
"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,...We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
The Green family has been fighting for their right to operate their family company, Hobby Lobby, according to their religious beliefs. After the healthcare takeover became law, the Health and Human Services Department used their new-found power to order all companies to purchase insurance plans that would cover abortion inducing drugs. The Green family, as Christians, objected, citing the fact that abortion ends the life of a developing child and is therefore murder. They sued the Health and Human Services Department for their right to operate their business in accordance with their religious beliefs. If Hobby Lobby loses this case, they will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or pay 1.2 million dollars in fines per day.
On November 1st the 10th Circuit Court ruled that Hobby Lobby has a right to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Obama Administration appealed, and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured, Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families.”
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Threatens America's Sovergnity, and Parental Rights, and could enshrine abortion into American law. Micheal Farris Ph.D, J.D., L.A.A. spoke in opposition to the treaty on these grounds. During the question and answer part of the hearing proponants of the treaty attacked him personally and misrepersented his arguments, but he perservered, offering sound legal reasoning, and showing the end result of the logic of his opponants. See his full testamony here. Watch the hearing here, and read the treaty here.
Dr. Farris is a Constitutional Lawyer who has argued Cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has both a degree in American Law and a degree in international law. He is the chancellor of Patrick Henry College where he teaches Government, and Law. He has also coached 7 national championship moot court teams.
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Elane Photography is a business in New Mexico that refused be the photographer at a same-sex ceremony. The same-sex couple took the case before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission that which ordered the photography shop to pay a fine for opperating according to the belief that marriage is between one man and one women. The owners promptly sued. Several months latter the Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, "There is a price to pay" in order to believe Christianity. Read More Here.
Oral Arguments regarding Prayer were heard this week at the Supreme Court. In Greece vs. Galloway a city in upstate New York was sued for opening their coucil meetings with prayer. Read the arguments here. Read More about the Case here.
The Supreme Court heard a case this week involving the question, 'How far does a United Nations treaty go?' Read more about that here.
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RU486 is a drug that under FDA protocol could only be given up the 7th week of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood routinely gives the drug much later to induce abortion, resulting even in the death of the mother.
The rest of the law, including the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, went into effect as planned on Tuesday. This part of the law was never challenged by Planned Parenthood.
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(1) The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and any other public college or university, community college, or school district shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
(2) The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
All of which, I assume, is little comfort to the Huguenins, who now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives. Though the rule of law requires it, the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.
On a larger scale, this case provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice. At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation's strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the Huguenins in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.
In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship. I therefore concur. [With the decision that the family run business must service gay marriages, by being the official photographer]
- RICHARD C. BOSSON
Elane Photography's refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act, which prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person's sexual orientation. Enforcing the NMHRA against Elane Photography does not violate the Free Speech or the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment or the NMRFRA. For these reasons, we affirm the grant of summary judgment in Willock's favor.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO DECLARING THAT THEY WILL THUS FORTH IGNORE THE FIRST AMENDMENT
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Caitlin Halligan is an extreme pro-abortion nominee. She urged the Supreme Court to take away the right of pro-life protestors to peacably assemble. American United for Life is urging a NO vote on her nomination.
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LifeNews; Pro-Lifers Oppose Obama Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick Caitlin Halligan
AUL; Americans United for Life Action Calls for NO Vote on Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals
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