The greatest misconception about the Green family and this case, Steve Green says, “is that we are trying to impose our religion on these workers or others. Not at all! That would violate our religion to do that.” Yet through that religion, he said, they can face any court ruling with peace of mind.
Hobby Lobby’s founder objects to the health law, but the government says for-profit companies aren’t entitled to religious-freedom protections.
In one of the most religiously diverse nations on earth, religious exemptions protect people in situations where legislative or executive acts might otherwise unnecessarily force them to violate their consciences.
We may long for the day when people become more accepting of one another, but achieving that end by forcing people to violate their own conscience tears at the already frayed cords that bind us together as a nation.
A month doesn’t pass without the administration issuing another exemption from a mandate previously held out as nonnegotiable… Why not exempt employers for issues of conscience?
If a corporation can have an “imputed racial identity” based on the race of its owners, it can have “imputed religious identity” based on the religion of its owners.
The government cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living.
The conscience clause that the Green and Hahn families rely upon is consistent with scores of federal and state laws dating back more than 40 years.
As a nation, we should insist that our laws should encourage and support, not penalize, citizens who seek to consistently adhere to their moral convictions.
When individuals or groups are denied participation, or equal participation, in the political process, the laws are apt to become oppressive as to them. This poses a serious danger for religious liberty.