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Liberals Outgunned in Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case

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For those who have been following the conflicting ruling of the federal courts regarding the ObamaCare contraception and abortion mandate a June 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in favor of Hobby Lobby was good news. Company founder David Green had argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to corporate entities (via Citizens United), thereby shielding Hobby Lobby from being forced to provide insurance plans that abide by ObamaCare’s abortion and contraception provision.

If you get your news from the liberal establishment you might think that the Green family and Hobby Lobby are outliers in the battle to preserve religious freedom and that no one else is on their side.

After all, the Huffington Post, via web giant AOL, blared “19 Democratic Senators To File Amicus Brief In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case” and the usual commentators from the liberal sisterhood of death have dutifully taken to the Internet and social media to keep the “war on women” political attacks on conservatives going. 

The problem is that none of that has to do with the case at bar – it is pure politics – and in terms of whose doing what before the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and conservatives appear to be winning about three to one.

As our friend Mike Rudin of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty noted in a recent statement, “When the clock struck midnight, 81 briefs flooded in the U.S. Supreme Court, 56 supporting Hobby Lobby and outnumbering the Government’s position almost 3-1.”

In one of the largest amicus brief filings in Supreme Court history, a diverse coalition of bipartisan legislators, religious leaders, legal scholars and States stood united in defending David and Barbara Green and their family business Hobby Lobby from being forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay severe fines. 

“The broad support shows that Americans of many faiths and backgrounds want to see religious freedom protected,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund. “Religious freedom is important to Democrats and Republicans, to Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others. Religious freedom is at stake here, and we are happy to see Americans of many faiths and backgrounds unite to support the Green family.”

The following is a summary list of those filing amicus briefs on behalf of Hobby Lobby including, but not limited to:

  • 107 members of Congress (Bipartisan)
  • 20 States
  • Leading scholars
  • Doctors and women’s organizations
  • Prominent Protestant and Catholic theologians.
  • and a diverse religious group including:
  • Rabbinical Council of America
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye
  • International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  • Crescent Foods, a halal food company
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty’s web site is a great resource for those following the Hobby Lobby case or for those looking for more information on the fight to preserve religious liberty in America. For more information from the Beckett Fund go here.

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