This Saturday, March 29, is HOBBY LOBBY DAY: Show Your Support for Religious Freedom

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard two very important religious liberty cases – Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, are taking a stand against the HHS mandate, a controversial portion of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that forces employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives to their employees against their firmly held religious convictions. Both companies face fines of up to $100 per day per employee if the mandate is upheld.

The SCOTUS decision on these cases is not expected until at least June.  Family Research Council provides a summary of the SCOTUS hearings HERE.

This Saturday, March 29, is national “Hobby Lobby Day.”  Show your support for the Greene family and others who are courageously taking a stand for religious freedom.

HOW YOU CAN SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

  1. Make a purchase from Hobby Lobby on Saturday, March 29 (on-line or in the store). go shopping with friends!  Say “thank you” with a card from your family; make your own, or download and print one HERE.
  2. Change your Facebook profile picture to show your support.  Get your “twibbon” HERE.
  3. Do you have a Twitter account? Tweet your support using hashtags #HobbyLobbyDay starting now and throughout the day on March 29th!
  4. Update your Facebook cover using the graphic HERE.
  5. Pray for a positive outcome from the SCOTUS decision for these companies, and for religious liberty in the United States.

WFA Signs On to Letter in Support of Religious Liberty/”Health Care Conscience Rights” Bill

Along with numerous other pro-religious freedom organizations, Wisconsin Family Action has signed the letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging the passage of the Health Care Conscience Rights ActImage (HCCRA) introduced by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN).  Read this breaking press release from our friends at Family Research Council:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2013
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866) 372-6397

FRC Urges Congress to Pass Health Care Conscience Rights Act
March 05, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN – Family Research Council (FRC) hosted a news conference at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee today to discuss the need for conscience protections for religious business owners and individuals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate on abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives. FRC President Tony Perkins and FRC Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin were joined by Janet Parshall, radio host for Moody Radio, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. of Hope Christian Church and Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), to discuss the HHS mandate that employers cover abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives in their health insurance plans, even if those employers have religious convictions against such coverage.

During the press conference, Perkins expressed support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA), introduced yesterday by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) to protect the religious liberties of anyone who purchases health insurance, including non-profits, businesses and individuals, as well as providing greater protections for health care workers who refuse to participate in abortion. Rep. Black joined the press conference at NRB by video.

In a letter earlier this week FRC and other organizations urged U.S. House of Representatives leaders to include conscience protection language in the Continuing Resolution (CR) currently before Congress.

Of the conscience bill and the CR, Perkins said:

“We are disappointed that the Health Care Conscience Rights Act wasn’t placed in the Continuing Resolution, but we continue to urge Members to push for its inclusion. This bill’s language must be included in must-pass legislation to ensure that the First Amendment-guaranteed religious liberties of all Americans are protected. Failure to include it will result in thousands of religious organizations being forced to comply or face severe fines for maintaining their religious convictions.”

To hear audio of today’s press conference, click here.

To read the letter to U.S. House of Representatives leaders, click here.

Wisconsin Family Action Files with 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Grote v Sebelius

Press release from Wisconsin Family Action 02/27/2013:

Wisconsin Family Action Files Friend of Court Brief on 

HHS Contraceptive Mandates

Pro-family group files with 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Grote v. Sebelius

MADISON— Wisconsin Family Action late yesterday filed a friend of the court brief in Grote v. Sebelius, a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with the federal abortion pill mandate.

This federal mandate requires that employee health plans, with some limited exceptions, include FDA-approved contraception, even “contraception” that can result in the death of a human embryo. Many religious business owners oppose being forced to facilitate contraception—particularly abortifacients—that are contrary to their religious conscience.

The government has been arguing vigorously that corporations don’t have the right to exercise religion.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, notes, “WFA lays out in this brief the legal and philosophical reasons supporting the position that First Amendment religious liberty is not just for purely religious organizations but is also for for-profit corporations run by people who have closely held religious beliefs. The federal government should not be violating the religious freedom of these business owners by mandating that they purchase health insurance that includes abortifacient drugs and even sterilization procedures for their employees.”

Read the brief here.

WFA Files Amicus Brief in Grote Industries v Sebelius

Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) filed a “friend of the court” brief with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the lawsuit Grote Industries v. Sebelius. WFA argues that ImageFirst Amendment religious liberty is not just for purely religious organizations but is also for for-profit corporations run by people who have closely held religious beliefs. The federal government should not be violating the religious freedom of these business owners by mandating that they purchase health insurance for their employees that includes abortifacient drugs & sterilization procedures.

Read the court document HERE.

Read more about Grote Industries v Sebelius on the Alliance Defending Freedom Fact Page HERE.

 

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It’s Official: January 5, 2013 is SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY DAY

HOBBY LOBBY LEADS THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

“We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

- David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder.

THE STORY:

As of yesterday, January 1, 2013, the New Year is bringing forth tumult instead of happiness for Christian-owned Hobby Lobby corporation. In a steadfast fight for religious freedom, Hobby Lobby announced earlier this year that it cannot in good conscience comply with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) coercive “preventive services” mandate, which forces healthcare providers to provide abortifacients and contraceptives. The Supreme Court denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an injunction while its lawsuit in pursuit of a religious exemption makes its way through the courts.

Hobby Lobby and its owners, David and Barbara Green, now run the risk of being subjected to the HHS mandate’s fines of UP TO $1.3 MILLION PER DAY (effective yesterday, January 1, 2013).

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Send a note to the Green’s to lend your support and encouragement.  Click HERE to send a “thank you” note to the Green family via The Becket Fund who is representing the family in their lawsuit.

Take part in SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY DAY on SATURDAY, JANUARY 5.  Patronize your local HOBBY LOBBY store in person or on line.  Make a purchase to show your support for the courageous steps taken by the Green family who now face daily fines for their biblical stance against the provision of the “morning after pill” and other abortifacients to their employees.

Locate your local Hobby Lobby store HERE.

Shop on-line HERE.

Pray for the Green family as they boldly stand for biblical principles and lead the way for religious freedom in the workplace.

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