Obamacare’s legal battles against religious freedom continue
The December 21st Patriot Post continues to report on the battles against religious freedom that Obamacare is starting in America. The freedom that individuals and groups are seeking will eventually wind up in the Supreme Court.
Courts in New York and Washington, DC, have ordered in separate lawsuits that the Obama administration must make good on its promise to create rules exempting religious institutions from the ObamaCare contraception- and abortion-coverage mandate.
Up until now, all religious groups had to go on was a vague promise from the president early this year that they wouldn’t be required against conscience to offer contraception and abortion coverage to their employees.
… As Judge Brian Cogan of New York noted two weeks ago in the Archdiocese of New York’s case challenging the mandate, “There is no ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution.” Cogan ruled in favor of the Archdiocese, ordering the government to start making good on its promise.
And more of the same,
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit reinstated two lawsuits challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate this week, overruling two lower district courts that considered the lawsuits “premature.”
The Obama administration conceded under questioning that it planned to issue a new rule on the religious exemption, a concession the court took as a “binding commitment.” The court has ordered the administration to develop a new rule exempting religious institutions from the mandate by March 31, 2013.
The administration also has to file progress reports every 60 days.
Even the courts doubt the value of the president’s word,
These rulings could come as welcome news to Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, who recently filed his own suit against the mandate. Monaghan currently offers his employees health insurance that does not cover contraception or abortions because both run counter to his Roman Catholic beliefs.
He believes, and rightly so, that being forced to comply with the mandate violates his First Amendment rights. His suit is one of the higher profile challenges to the mandate to come from a non-religious institution in the private sector.
Unfortunately, a similar suit from Hobby Lobby was rejected Thursday by the Tenth Circuit Court, which ruled that a secular, for-profit business doesn’t have a First Amendment right to religious liberty. The craft supply chain faces fines of $1.3 million a day if it doesn’t comply.
Our government at work – destroying religious freedom!