Saturday, August 25, 2012

Administration: "For-profit? Then you forfeit religious liberty"

Newlands, owners of Hercules Industries
In the first-ever judicial order blocking enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate, God has given Colorado’s family-owned Hercules Industries a critical legal victory – one with enormous implications for your civil liberties and the religious freedom of people like you all over America.

Under the health care law, family business owners and believers across the country are being forced by this mandate to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception – even if doing so compels them to violate their deepest religious and moral convictions. Those failing to comply with the mandate face heavy financial penalties from the government – penalties so severe that few businesses could survive them. 

This is an unprecedented attack on our religious freedom and constitutional liberty. Hercules owners, the Newland family, seek nothing more than to run their company in a manner that reflects their sincerely held religious beliefs, including their belief that God requires respect for the dignity of human life and sexuality.

In response, the court issued an order on July 27 that halts enforcement of the mandate until the lawsuit is settled. The order came in spite of strenuous opposition from the Obama administration, whose attorneys actually argue – in blatant contrast to the Constitution – that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business. Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. The cost of freedom for this family could be millions of dollars per year in fines that will cripple their business if the Obama administration ultimately has its way.

Clearly, the danger here is not just to one family business in Colorado – but to you, your family, and countless family business owners and employees throughout the U.S. Please be in special prayer for this crucial case and for our lawyers as they pursue this matter – and other pressing cases – in the courtrooms of America. 

A new survey by Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council reveals nearly 600 incidents of hostility toward Christianity that have occurred in the U.S. in the last 10 years. For example, a Christian couple was fired as apartment complex managers and forced to move because a painting with a Christian reference was displayed in their office, and a student was told he could not wear a T-shirt to school because of its Christian message. 

Many people think that hostility because of people's religious beliefs and attacks on religious liberties are things that happen elsewhere in the world, not the United States. It actually happens with increasing and alarming regularity here in the United States." 
Source: OneNewsNow, Alliance Defending Freedom