In June 2014 the US Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
It was the first time the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
On Thursday Hobby Lobby CEO David Green urged Americans who believe in religious freedom to support Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is our only hope for a Supreme Court that will protect freedom of religion.”
USA Today reported:
Since the birth of our nation, religious liberty has laid the foundation for America to become the freest society in the history of mankind.
This spirit of freedom began when the pilgrims fled to the New World to practice their faith freely. It continued when America’s founding fathers ratified the Bill of Rights, which begins with the declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It was strengthened when Congress almost unanimously adopted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, ensuring that interests in religious freedom are protected. And it thankfully endured through the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
At issue in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Service Mandate, which would have required our family business to provide and facilitate four potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in our health insurance plan, against our religious convictions, or pay severe fines of $1.3 million a day. Unlike the 16 contraceptives we do provide, these four drugs can take effect after conception, which is where we believe life begins.
Just as religious liberty laid the foundation for America, my family’s Christian beliefs laid the foundation for our business. First and foremost, as Christians, we are called to love people. As individuals and business owners, we try our best to be true to that calling. We provide excellent benefits to our 30,000 employees and a starting wage for full-time hourly employees that is more than double the federal minimum wage. We have also donated half a billion dollars to philanthropic endeavors. Our Christian beliefs also guided my family’s decision not to pay for the termination of life.
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