Urbandale, IOWA. – This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood in their cases regarding religious liberty.
Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO said, “We celebrate a 5-4 victory, but no matter what the decision would have been, our focus remains constant in the defense of religious liberty. I hope and pray that this fragile ruling assists in fueling the need for revival in America, and a new sense of urgency for defending our religious freedoms.”
Chuck Hurley, Vice President and Chief Counsel for The FAMiLY LEADER said, “The Supreme Court of the United States today emphatically said that we Americans should be free to live and work according to our faith. We hope that the Court will continue to affirm, in all future cases, the cornerstone right arising from our first freedom – religious liberty.”
The FAMiLY LEADER was represented by Matt Floyd who was present in the Supreme Court chambers as the decision was being read. Mr. Floyd said “The most important thing to remember is that this is primarily a religious liberty decision and does not hinder health care. I saw lots of misreporting that Hobby Lobby was trying to eliminate all birth control, when in fact, they were only concerned about four of the 20 options available – the four which cause abortions. Their (and our) strongly held religious belief is that life begins at conception.”
Chuck Hurley continued, “This is a big win for religious freedom in the United States. The Court said that we can live out our most deeply held religious beliefs without fear of the government crushing them through oppressive fines that in these cases literally would have put of thousands of women and men out of work. Hobby Lobby was threatened by the Obama Administration with fines of $1.3 million PER DAY. This was a transparent attempt to force Christian believers to fund abortion-causing drugs, or go out of business. I hope the President’s Administration gets the message, and ceases their effort to crush faith groups like Little Sisters of the Poor. See http://www.becketfund.org/littlesisters/ for one of the most egregious examples of religious oppression in America today.”
Tamara Scott, Family Policy Advocate for The FAMiLY LEADER said, “The scariest part of this decision is that four liberal members of the Court thought such oppression was just fine.”
Mr. Hurley concluded, “This is also good news for the 100 or so other religious liberty cases in court right now. I would expect motions for summary judgment to be filed this week in many if not all of those cases, citing this ruling.”