Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned hobby, arts and crafts chain, has decided to risk fines of up to $1.3 million per day and defy the Obamacare mandate that it provide insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs.
The decision is the latest development in Hobby Lobby’s suit against the Obama Administration, which has ordered all employers in the country to pay for insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of religious objections.
In the suit by Hobby Lobby and lawsuits brought by other employers, the Administration has argued that Christians must surrender their religious freedoms if they own a company.
Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor rejected Hobby Lobby’s emergency request that it not be required to follow the mandate or be subject to fines until its lawsuit can be decided in a lower court.
Sotomayor, an Obama flunkie, unsurprisingly ruled that it was Obama’s way or the highway.
Hobby Lobby, to its owners’ credit, chose the highway.
Sotomayor proved both that she is unqualified to sit on the Supreme Court and why she was chosen by Obama when she ruled that Hobby Lobby did not meet the legal definition for an exemption to the Obamacare mandate. That ruling foreshadows how she will argue if and when the case returns to the Supreme Court.
The D.C. Court of Appeals had ruled earlier, noting that the Administration had promised different regulations by August 2013 for companies whose owners had religious objections to the Obamacare mandate. The court ordered that the Administration should be held to its promise, so it’s possible Hobby Lobby may still escape fines.
If that order does not hold, though, the company will be burning money while it fights Obama’s frontal assault on religious liberty.
Dozens of other companies, hospitals and universities have also challenged the Obama Administration’s effort. The Catholic bishops have led the fight and tried to create a church-wide uprising against the Obamacare mandate.
But the majority of American Catholics didn’t follow the bishops’ lead, probably due to the church’s previous support of Obama and many of the main principles of Obamacare. The church’s own liberalism has now come back to roost.
The bishops’ failure to rally their church leaves individual owners of companies like Hobby Lobby to lead the fight to preserve freedom for all Americans.
It’s been said that liberalism is itself a religion, and abortion is its sacrament.
If that’s so, it’s a faith of godlessness that the Man Who Would Be King is trying to establish as the state religion. Health care has become a wedge to split Christianity from public life.