Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Hobby Lobby Case

The government's contempt for Catholics is on display in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., which pits America's most prominent supporter of partial birth abortion,  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, against devout Roman Catholic business owners.

 The Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA") explicitly safeguards religious freedom from Acts of Congress. My old boss, Mike Farris, co-chaired the group that drafted RFRA , and he knew what he was doing. Having fought for religiously motivated homeschoolers in courts all over the country, Mike crafted the strongest protections Congress would consider--and got it passed.

Unfortunately, the government now insists that religious liberty does not apply to corporations--even if those corporations are closely held by people who share the same beliefs.  That's hard on Catholics, who have used the corporate form of ownership to accomplish a vast variety of enterprises, from building not-for-profit hospitals to growing business like Hobby Lobby, Inc. According to Kathleen Sebelius, Catholic business owners now have the choice of selling their companies or denying their faith. Instead, they have gone to court.

If Hobby Lobby wins, some corporations will be exempt from some of Obamacare's most objectionable mandates. But coerced contraceptives today (and abortions tomorrow?) are just the tip of the iceberg. Healthcare sharing ministries ("healthshares") are a legal, affordable, Christian alternative to the kind of insurance Hobby Lobby objects to. Healthshares are a better mousetrap. This blog exists to beat a path to their door so that individuals, churches, and, corporations don't have to compromise their convictions.

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