As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case — brought by the Green family who own Hobby Lobby and the Hahn family who run Conestoga Wood Specialties — Tuesday, Americans concerned with religious freedom braved the snow to take a stand. We had the opportunity to speak with Fiona Moodie, a small business owner and entrepreneur from Maryland who said she will be personally affected by the outcome of this case.
Tomorrow Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will be argued before the Supreme Court. The Court will determine whether the Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion for families who own and operate a for-profit business according to their religious values or whether they can be coerced by the federal government to violate their deeply held beliefs in exchange for going into business. David and Barbara Green started Hobby Lobby in their garage in 1972 and have sought to run their business “in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” Their case has been combined with another case brought by Conestoga Wood Specialties, a company owned by the Hahn family who seek to run their business according to their Christian beliefs. The Greens, the Hahns, and all Americans have the right to live and work according to their convictions, and a favorable ruling for Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court would protect the liberty of all Americans.
In a recent exchange with his constituents, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% discussed big government’s threat to religious freedom and what he is doing to respond:
Republicans need to stand up for themselves against the Left’s vicious attacks. That’s the point I make today in a piece for Breitbart on Arizona’s religious freedom bill:
Can a political party that refuses to challenge the most vicious mischaracterizations of its views win at a national level? The Republican Party seems intent on finding out.
The Republican Party–the allegedly conservative party–claims to stand for economic freedom. The 2012 Republican Party platform proclaims, “We are the party of maximum economic freedom and the prosperity freedom makes possible.” How is it consistent with the principles of economic freedom–that a worker should be free to set his own wage requirements–to say that government can force an individual to work a job that violates their personal religious principles?
Yet the rush to trample economic and religious freedom in an effort to save face with The New York Times was breathtaking. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who used to be one of the great champions of freedom before he became a Senator, said he hoped Gov. Jan Brewer would veto the religious freedom legislation. Sen. John McCain followed suit.
Read the entire piece here.
The following were remarks made by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) 91% at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit earlier this month.