Obama Justice Department to Colorado Family: Give Up Your Faith or Your Business

The owners of Hercules Industries — from left to right, James Newland, Paul Newland, William Newland, Andrew Newland — won an injunction in July to stop the Obama administration’s health care mandate that requires employers provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception — a requirement they say violates their Catholic beliefs. (Courtesy: ADFMedia.org)

The Obama Justice Department appealed a court ruling and will push forward in its quest to punish a Catholic family in Colorado for refusing to comply with its anti-Catholic HHS mandate.
LifeSiteNews reported:

A judge’s order will not stop the Obama administration from pressing forward in its quest to punish a Catholic family’s business for refusing to comply with the HHS mandate.

Hercules Industries, an HVAC business in Denver, won an injunction against the controversial provision requiring employers to cover contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in its health care plans on July 27.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department appealed the ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, also based in Denver.

“On the same day President Obama spoke of religious freedom at United Nations, his Justice Department acted to deny that freedom to small business owners,” said Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com.

The Newland family sued HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying the mandate violated their mutual Catholic faith.

“The cost of religious freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that would cripple their business and potentially destroy jobs if the administration ultimately has its way,” said Matt Bowman, senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom. “In filing its appeal today, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living. That’s the opposite of religious freedom.”

The Obama administration has rhetorically shifted from supporting “freedom of religion” to “freedom of worship,” a change its detractors believe is designed to suppress religious opposition to growing secular regulation.

“Under the Obama Constitution, family business owners like the Newlands of Hercules Industries may practice their religion on Sundays, within the four walls of their church, but they have no right to practice that faith during the work week,” Ferguson and McGuire said.

On the same day Obama spoke on religious freedom at the UN and defended Muslims he acted to deny that same freedom to a Catholic business owners.
It’s an Obama world.

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  • Amazing.

    What if the Muslims were against it? Would the DOJ follow through? Can it be that liberals and radicals have bedded down with radical Muslims with the single goal of crippling the US and making it an ineffective second tier nation?

    Dangerous, foolish, ideological people.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    archer52, I think you’ve nailed it!

    (Gee, wasn’t President Obama just lecturing us about how we need to respect religious sensitivities? Gosh, it’s almost like he’s got a double standard or something, about Christianity vs. Islam! /Sarc.—of course he does!)

  • Sam Stone

    Islam is exempt from ObamaCare is what I hear. Any truth to it?

    This is the Obama regime instituting Sharia law in America. He will defend Islam all day l;ong and attack others religions at the same time.
    The man must go.

  • Granny

    Muslims are completely EXEMPT from Obamacare on religious grounds. They do not have to purchase insurance because muslims “don’t believe in insurance.”

  • hawkeye

    Eric Holder would explain that they’re more than welcome to convert to and practice Islam. Not all religions are created equal.

    Remember what the Constitution says: “Government shall not establish a Christian religion…” it says nothing about Islam being prohibited. Seriously, go look at the Constitution and tell us where it mentions Islam at all!

  • Flintstone F.

    Hercules will prevail. Obama will be out of office in January and we will make sure of that on November 6.

    40 days.

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  • BarbaraS

    Don’t kid yourselves. The whole point of this contraception farce is to limit white birth. And I would say even black birth. You will notice the muslims are giving birth in astonomentical proportions. Eventually they will outnumber us which they are already doing in the European countries. This is obama’s plan…hit us on all fronts…destroy what has made America great…and decrease our numbers.

  • On that note, Beck is talking about this exact issue. How the Left made agreements with the MB to overthrow the nation.

  • rabble-rouser

    It’s time to take OUR country back from those running it into financail ruin, stripping citizens of their beliefs and freedom to be Christian, and those that sell their morals for campaign donations. I’m sick of this crap. TIME IS UP, and I don’t care if they have a D, R, I , or G after their name

  • Monkey Wrench

    Really? You honestly think that business owners should be allowed to follow only the laws that they feel comply with their religion? So Muslim owners can refuse to hire Jews and discriminate against women? I guess Sharia Law is okay in the workplace?

    This was settled by the Supreme Court years ago. Businesses that hire from the general population and/or do business with the general public must comply with business laws and regulations. They cannot use religious arguments to pick and choose which laws and regulations they want to follow.

    This is America, so that is the way it should be. We don’t want bosses to impose their religious beliefs on workers.

  • redbull tweeker

    That photo is a perfect depiction of the GOP.

    Ha! I bet those pastey-faced, mom-jean wearing limpdix don’t mind having their insurance pay for Viagra.

    btw, this article is not about Muslims. Can’t you people stay on topic for more than five seconds???

  • iamsaved

    I used to think the Supreme Court would make wise, common sense decisions but after John Robert’s convoluted logic in the Obamacare challenge, I’m not so sure.

    If Obama is elected, he’ll appoint the next two or more justices and you’ll have a government run by Executive Order with a willing judicial branch that will aid and abet it and will legislate from the bench when the Excutive Order doesn’t work. Kiss the First and Second Amendments goodbye because those are the two that stand in Obama’s way now.

    Traitors like Harry Reid and his liberal sycophants in the Senate have abbrogated their power in the Legislative Branch and transferred it to Obama. It may not even be worth winning the Senate and House unless there are some bold actions taken.

  • listingstarboard

    Eff you redbull, you morally bankrupt lying POS! Those men in that picure are honest hardworking American taxpayers that bankroll you and all of the other lazy immoral liberal leeches. You and your Mom jean wearing limp POTUS can go to he&&.

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  • Finncrisp

    This whole issue is to break the backs of any religious institution that stands for something. When the State intervenes in matters of conscience, eventually the organization becomes meaningless because they have been forced to abandon core values as a condition of continued existance.

    Once that happens, relevance goes next.

    This is one of the most disturbing things that this administration has done, and it is deliberate and premeditated. A wake up call to churches and fundamentalist businesses everywhere. We can hang together or hang separately. VOTE!

  • dwdude

    stop complaining about him…the cancer must be cut out

  • Mn Jim

    The obama administration has ignored several court injunctions, with no penalty. This administration is above the law. The media harped on Bush’s “warrantless wiretapping” for years, when Bush wanted to listen in on known terrorist phone calls. The media listed number of US dead in the wars every day. Not a peep from the media, or congress when obama ignores injunctions.

  • chuck in st paul

    they want to force us to put foot baths in bathrooms for the mooslimes and they want to make it a crime to disrepect their fake prophet, and King Putt stands up in public and says we support freedom of religion, but just let a Christian stand in the way of something the Socialist in Chief wants and they will be criminalized if they don’t obey.

    This is NOT the America I grew up in.

  • chuck in st paul

    #13 Monkey Wrench and #14 redbull, you two miss the entire point – the federal government has NO business dictating what benefits a private company offers to its employees so long as it is offered without discrimination. If this company only wanted to offer witch doctor services so be it. This is an example of the feds running amok.

    This is entirely different from discrimination in hiring so nice try at a strawman argument there. Better luck next time. Thanks for playing.

  • badactor51

    It’s the liberal Mainstream MEDIA in this country that has to go – right after we kick Mr. Momjeans out of the oval office. We need to boycott products that sponsor ‘news’ on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, etc, as well as stop buying newspapers like the NY Slimes – seriously, a nationwide effort is needed. We need to Alinsky them all.

  • Joanne

    Just more proof Obama is not a Christian and hates Christians. Obama will not tolerate anyone telling the truth about Islam, but he has no problem attacking Christian core beliefs.

    It is not an Obama world – it is Satan’s domain, and Obama is satan-inspired. Satan rules America today. America was great when Americans embraced God and all His Word, but today God is being attacked. It is a good thing that something so simple as turning back to God, asking for forgiveness, and turning from our wicked ways is our answer – our only answer. Unfortunately, the God-less will take us to hell and back before they turn back to God.

  • Monkey Wrench


    This company does not have to offer health care insurance to their employees. All they need to do is drop coverage for everyone. Problem solved.

  • stuart

    Monkey Wrench:
    You have developed your ability to miss the point to a fine art. Truly I am dazzled.

  • Monkey Wrench

    I made my points. If you have a point, go ahead and make it. That’s what comments are for.

    The point of the article is that this family must give up their faith or give up their business. But that’s just not true. They can simply drop health care coverage for their employees, so they do not violate their religious convictions. They keep their business and they stay true to their religious beliefs. Good for them.

  • Government will always be the enemy of free people, thinking they know better than you and you must obey. They would re-write the Constitution tomorrow and throw out so many rights so they could control your life even more than they do. Not everybody believes the same, thinks the same or wants the same things. That is why central planning for 300+ million people is just dumb.

  • stuart

    So all we have to do to avoid the destruction of our livelihoods, our businesses, or even avoid imprisonment is to obey government orders. Yes, they should throw all of their employees under the bus.
    How simple, why didn’t I think of it. Seig Heil!

  • old boomer

    Worked in 6 Christian hospitals, Catholic, and 2 Protestant denominations. I belonged to none of them in my own Christian beliefs. I expect to make my own religious based medical decisions in conference with my doctor. I am pro-life but do not want my or any other employer making employee religious or health care decisions. The issue here is the employee’s, not the employer’s, religious freedom. I should not lose insurance coverage or pay more for it because of what my employer believes. Provide all accepted care and let the employee choose what and what not to use.

  • In a way #13, Monkey Wrench, is correct. This particular law is not the fight. We already lost this fight. This is a mandate from Obamacare. It is a 2500 page monstrosity that rescinds and rewrites the Constitution. Thanks to Justice Roberts we are no longer a Constitutional Republic. Freedom of religion is over. The government will tell you how you will practice your religion. It will tell you what you must provide your employees, what products you can make and purchase, what your kids must eat etc. etc. etc. Don’t you get it? The morons in this country put the devil in charge and that freedom stuff is gone. We may get some of it back if we manage to get this POS out of the White House but I doubt it. Freedom once surrendered is seldom, if ever, regained.

  • Libs R Tarded

    #25 – NO, because the penalty for not paying into Obamacare goes into the funding for abortion on demand under Obamacare which will only cost $1 copay from the woman getting it! Either way you are stating these people must fund something that destroys their freedom of consience! Either way it’s “do what your religion is opposed to”. If a pharmacist doesn’t have to fill contreceptives because it goes against their consience then why should these people with the same religion have to fund baby slaughter?

  • Jon

    While they are not as stringent about never allowing abortion as Catholics or conservative christians, but Muslims do oppose abortion in general, considering it haram, or forbidden unless certain cercumstances exist. They won’t say anything though about it because they have too much riding on Obama being reelected.

  • ed Haliday

    No exemptions for anyone, everyone adheres to the law, because shared pain gets stupid laws changed,
    The owners should just lay off enough people to reach the minimum number, and drop all healthcare, and tell their employees why they are doing it, and they should do it pre-election.
    One of the ways to help with manpower shortage will be to bring any extra help on as a I-9 subcontractor with no benefits,

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  • jean

    and yet the muslims are exempt go figure