Hobby Lobby denies workers mandated health coverage.
The Department of Health and Human Services mandated employers to provide proper contraceptives to all employees. But in the name of religious freedom, David and Barbara Green, owners of Hobby Lobby, have denied all workers of this.
Federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, denied the injunction that would protect the Green family from being forced to provide the mandated health coverage.
“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” said attorney Kyle Duncan who represents the Greens and Hobby Lobby. “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
To this, the Obama administration says “we can and will force Christians to act against their faith.”
The defense for Hobby Lobby is the freedom of religion. But that does not work in this case because “Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and as a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery.
“Because Hobby Lobby is a secular employer, it is not entitles to the protections of the Free Exercise Clause or RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act]. This is because, although the First Amendment freedoms of speech and association of ‘right[s] enjoyed by religious and secular groups alike,’ the Free Exercise Clause ‘gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations.'”
Many are questioning how this will end and by the quotes of the administration, it is quite easy to see that change will be made and after Tuesday, a firm answer to this moral question will be given.