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(Mis)understanding the Hobby Lobby Ruling

supreme courtOn Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a controversial ruling exempting craft store Hobby Lobby (as well as three other businesses) from a portion of the HHS mandate of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare). SCOTUS said that due to their religious objection, they do not have to provide employees with insurance coverage for certain abortifacient drugs and devices (Plan B, Ella, and two types of IUDs). The internet was abuzz with comments about this decision. Some of the ones I saw were so outlandish that they made me laugh out loud (before I cried). A common element was a complete lack of understanding. As is standard in today’s social-media-saturated world, people seem to be parroting what they read or hear, without any facts to back up their impassioned viewpoints. It doesn’t help that the news media and the President himself also have been spreading misinformation.

At first, I wanted to write a post making fun of the crazy comments I encountered. I was in disbelief as to the level of ignorance (ie lack of understanding/knowledge) people were displaying. In response, I was full of snark and was ready to unleash it on the world through this post. However, mean-spirited snark is not really our style at CS. So, instead of making fun of people, I want to call on our readers to pray for the ignorant. I want us especially to pray for those who are willfully ignorant because honesty with themselves and others would be too painful. I want us to pray for those whose intellects have been so darkened by the sin in their lives that they truly are unable to have a rational conversation about contraceptives and abortifacients. Most importantly, I want us to pray for people whose hearts are full of hatred and violence over this issue. Some of the comments I read were far from funny – they were chilling. People sincerely want to bring harm upon Hobby Lobby’s CEOs, and those who support them, simply because they are defending conscience rights. Apparently, it’s a heinous, unforgivable transgression to stand in the way of women getting their abortifacient drugs for free. This ruling has revealed a lot of darkness in a lot of hearts, and it is truly scary.

I also want to look at this in a practical way, addressing some of the misunderstandings (or perhaps lies) that are being bandied about. The following are the ill-informed notions about this ruling that I saw expressed most often, and my responses to them

1. This decision is about all birth control. This is by the far the biggest inaccuracy being presented as fact. Most of the hysteria over the decision stems from people thinking (or pretending to think) that the SCOTUS ruled that Hobby Lobby did not have to provide coverage for any contraception. This is simply false. Hobby Lobby has no objection to most forms of birth control. Their insurance provides coverage for 16 different types of very common contraceptives. This ruling was about certain drugs and devices that have a high probability of preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg. These are abortifacients because, regardless of what they are now teaching in medical school in deference to the abortion industry, life beings at conception (not implantation). The owners of Hobby Lobby are not Catholic and do not take the Catholic position on contraception; they do not acknowledge that hormonal contraceptives have the potential to prevent implantation. Therefore, all the foaming at the mouth about women not getting coverage for their birth control is unwarranted. We do hope that in future religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court, religious employers will be exempt from providing coverage for all contraceptives, in accordance with their beliefs. But we have not yet crossed that bridge.

We need to make sure we keep this fact at the forefront of any discussion about this ruling. When people complain that Hobby Lobby is willing to cover Viagra and vasectomies and is therefore discriminating against women for not covering their “sexual health needs,” we need to understand how this is off-base. Viagra and vasectomies do not disrupt the development of an already-conceived child and are therefore completely incomparable; and Hobby Lobby’s insurance covers tubal ligations.

2. This means women who work for Hobby Lobby will no longer be able to use contraception. This is an off-shoot of the Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Case Challenging Affordable Care Act
misunderstanding that this ruling is about all contraception. But let’s pretend for a moment that it is about all contraception. This ruling does not prevent women from obtaining or using any drugs or devices – not even the ones that the ruling was actually about. Just because Hobby Lobby does not want to pay for a certain drug or device does not mean it is unattainable, or that they are policing employees’ bedrooms to make sure they are not using it. Women are free to use whatever birth control, and even abortifacients, that they want – on their own dime. Is it really such a horrible prospect that people pay for their own sexual choices, especially considering how today’s mantra is that it’s no one else’s business what people do in their bedrooms? (By the way, if you don’t want your boss in your bedroom, then stop demanding that he subsidize what goes on in there).

Some related inaccurate notions are that the SCOTUS is allowing employers to force their religious beliefs on employees, or to force them to bear unwanted children. No one is forcing anyone to do anything. It is the government (and enraged feminists everywhere) who want to force people to do something, ie., monetarily participate in something that they sincerely believe to be immoral.

3. Employees of Hobby Lobby who currently have insurance coverage for these drugs and devices are suddenly going to lose access. This is, once again, mostly related to the idea that Hobby Lobby wanted to get rid of coverage for all contraceptives. People are very upset to think of women suddenly having to pay for their own birth control when previously they were getting it for a small copay or for free. But even if this claim were made about the drugs and devices to which Hobby Lobby objects, it’s still off-base. I initially was under the impression that Hobby Lobby never offered coverage for these drugs and devices. However, I read today that they used to do so, but stopped in 2012, shortly before they filed this lawsuit. They claim they did not realize they had this coverage, and once they did realize, they did not want the government to force them to keep it. I have no choice but to take them at their word, and it doesn’t actually matter why they dropped it. The point is that the loss of coverage has already happened and employees have had two years to adjust to it (and if they were hired since 2012, they have never known anything different). They will not suddenly lose any coverage.

The same is true of employees of Catholic organizations who object to providing any contraceptives. They never had this coverage in the first place, and the plea of their employers is that they be able to keep the status quo, not to make a huge and sudden change to their health insurance offerings.

4. This is a violation of women’s rights. This claim is so ludicrous to me that I don’t know how to address it any other way than to say that no one has a right to free birth control or abortifacients. There is nothing in our Constitution that guarantees anyone all the sterile sex that they want to have, on someone else’s dime. You know what is a right, though? Practicing one’s religion without government interference, absent a very compelling State interest. Unfortunately, some people do seem to think that it’s a compelling State interest that men and women be able to have consequence-free sex at no expense to themselves, but I think that the SCOTUS has just blasted a hole in that argument.

Sadly, there are many more points of misinformation that I could cover, but I surpassed my target word count a few [hundred] words ago. So this will have to suffice for now.

I spent way too much time over the past few days trying to have rational conversations with people about this issue, without seeming to have borne any good fruit. These attempts at conversation served mostly to disturb my peace and cause me to think unkind thoughts about others. So I encourage you to be careful if and when you choose to engage others on this topic. If you find yourself starting to become as angry as they are, step away. If time constraints force you to choose between praying about this issue and discussing it, choose prayer. And remember that this battle is not only not about contraception, it’s also not really about abortifacients. This battle is about religious freedom, which is one of the principles upon which this country was founded but something that is becoming more and more endangered and despised. Additionally, it’s a battle against the damage done by the Sexual Revolution, which enshrined in our society the concept that birth control and abortion are as important to our lives as food and water. In this battle, our ultimate enemy is not the stranger in the combox, or even the government. Our enemy is The Enemy, against whom we’ve been fighting since the dawn of time. He’s pretty clever and crafty, so please be vigilant; but remember who was, is, and always will be The Victor.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

 

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7 Quick Takes Friday, no. 16: Prayer Intentions

The most important thing we can do as Catholics is pray. I’m sure we have all seen examples of the amazing power of prayer in our lives or the lives of others. With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to highlight the intentions we Catholic Sistas currently have high on our list. We invite you to pray with us on many of these matters and to add your own intentions in the comments or to our Prayer Requests page. Here are our seven high-priority prayer intentions, in no particular order.

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40 Days of Prayer for Conscience

There are two very pressing, current event prayer requests that are on all the Sistas’ minds. The first of these is the HHS Mandate that will go into effect August 1, 2013, which will force institutions and businesses that morally object to contraceptives and abortion to provide these things to all employees. This includes Catholic dioceses, schools, and hospitals. We’re praying our bishops will stay strong against the mandate and not be bullied into providing goods and services that our faith teaches are wrong. We hope you’re joining us for this 40 Days for Conscience Prayer Campaign that began July 1. We need everyone to pray. Follow our Facebook fan page to get the daily prayers.

Today’s prayer:

 

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The Abortion Bill in Texas

The second pressing, current event on all our minds is the abortion bill in Texas, that would outlaw abortions past 20 weeks gestation. We happen to have several Sistas in Texas and many are in the Austin area. We are praying for their safety as they attend sessions at their state capitol, as well as praying for passage of this bill. To learn more, please check out these links and please join your prayers with ours.

Protect Babies and Women — Stand with Pro-Life Texas by Birgit

For Pro-Choicers: What Does the Texas Bill REALLY Say by Kerri

Word-FILLED Wednesday: They Chanted Hail Satan by Martina

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CS Prayer Requests: General Intentions, Homeward Bound, Teardrops, Heavenly Ambassadors

If you haven’t noticed, at the top of our page there is a link titled, “Prayer Requests.” Click on that link and it will bring you to a form where you can submit a prayer request for all of us to pray for. We keep four lists and post them in our private group for our members to pray over. These intentions include:

General Intentions: Anything on your heart

Homeward Bound: For Christian friends and family we’d like to see come home to the Catholic Church

Teardrops: For those who have lapsed from the Catholic faith

Heavenly Ambassadors: For children who have returned to our Heavenly Father through miscarriage, stillbirth, or death at any age.

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Marriage

Praying for our marriages and those of our friends is always high on the priority list for us. Even those who aren’t married are praying for their future husbands. Praying for marriages (plural) in a much broader sense has taken on much more meaning of late due to the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Marriage is under attack in our country and we need to pray. We even had a recent prayer campaign for sacred matrimony in anticipation of the attacks on marriage we were all feeling. We have a great resource list here and you can see our prayer intentions here. Please pray for our individual marriages, those of friends and family, and for the strengthening of all marriages between one man and one woman.

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All Priests and Religious

Pray for our priests and religious. They need our prayers! They are always in our prayers. Our priests have difficult jobs and both priests and religious live a very counter-cultural lives. They need our prayers to stay strong in their vocations. We also need to continue to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please add your prayers to ours and don’t neglect this important intention.

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Our Pope

The Pope always has the prayers of the Catholic Sistas. We hope he has your prayers too. Pray for our Pope to be a light to the world, to always be open to the Holy Spirit, and to keep the Church strong and united.

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Holy Mother Church

It goes without saying that praying for Holy Mother Church is on all our prayer lists. We hope it is on yours, too. As the Church experiences more attacks across the world, we must pray for strength for all Her people.

Thanks to Jen F. for hosting the weekly Quick Takes. Check out her blog, Conversion Diary, for more Quick Takes posts from across the blogosphere.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

As we prepare to celebrate our country’s birth and freedom it seems only fitting that we should take a hard look at our nation and what she has become over time.  Does she still stand for the principles our founding fathers fought so hard to gain and protect?  Does she still stand for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?

Many people, when arguing about our country and what we should or shouldn’t do, often cite Thomas Jefferson as he wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”  We see people mistaking what Jefferson truly meant when he wrote these words.  They twist and turn his words to fit their agenda.  They confuse their wants for rights.  Why do we wonder how our country is in its current state when we misuse the guidelines our forefathers so carefully penned for us?

So, what are these unalienable rights that we are promised?  We first need to define life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Life is defined as the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body; the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual; the period from birth to death; spirit or animation.  There are of course other definitions but we will use these particular definitions for this article.  Given these definitions are we insuring that all of our citizens are granted the Right to Life?  Without a doubt the answer is a resounding NO!

If we are supposed to be assured life why is it that in our country 1.21 million citizens lose their life through abortion each year?  Why does our country allow this great travesty to occur?  Truly our country has lost her vision when it comes to seeing what this crime against humans does to her very being.

In addition to the right to be born, we also include the right to live in with our right to life.  What does that encompass?  This means that we should be afforded all the necessities needed to actually stay alive… food, water, shelter, health care.  There are many in our nation that do not have these basics needs met.  While our government has programs in place to help some people, many others are left without help. Our programs are misused, broken, and need to be fixed.  We need to stop arguing about who is to blame and look at our moral responsibility to take care of all of our citizens.  This doesn’t mean we provide hand-outs but that we provide hand-ups.   We should be helping each other to be able to LIVE.   Our Catholic faith also teaches us about this social justice.  We have a moral and social obligation to help others who we see are struggling to live.

What is liberty? Liberty is defined as the quality or state of being free.  One could argue that our nation is one of the most “free” nations in the world.  Our citizens are free to travel unrestricted throughout the nation, we have the right (and privilege) to vote, we are supposed to be guaranteed the right to say what we want, the freedom to practice our religion safely, to make money and spend it the way we see fit.  The list goes on and we could expand on those many times over.  But, are we truly as free as our government would like us to believe?

We only have to look at the HHS Mandate to know that some of those freedoms we enjoy so much are in danger of slipping away.  The government wants to insist that all employers, including religious entities like the Catholic Church, abide by the law which forces them to purchase/pay for a product that could very well go against their moral or religious beliefs.  This is a clear violation against our religious freedom.   Still, our government pushes forward with this law.  What other laws should we worry about, especially with DOMA being struck down, being forced upon our churches and our consciences?

Additionally, we have seen strides from our government in taking away our rights to own guns, our rights to free speech, and our right to not be unlawfully detained (the National Defense Authorization Act) among others.  Our right to liberty doesn’t seem to be as secure as we may hope.  Still, does our right to liberty (freedom) mean that we should be able to do whatever we want, whenever we want?  No.  We still have to answer to a higher authority and a code of moral conduct.  Our forefathers knew this and yet unfortunately we see our society detouring from that belief.

That of course leads to the pursuit of happiness.   I think when people quote Thomas Jefferson this is actually the part they are hoping to have on their side.  Our God-given right is to be happy and to pursue whatever it is that makes us happy no matter what… right? Wrong.  When the founding fathers signed our Declaration of Independence and claimed our right to pursue happiness they didn’t mean for us to go hog wild and throw morality and common sense into the wind.  Quite the contrary in fact!

Happiness does not just refer to an emotional state.  It also refers to our overall well-being.  This is the happiness that our forefathers thought was so important.  They wanted us to pursue the things that not only helped us be well physically but morally and religiously as well.   In the world today where our own immediate satisfaction is paramount we lose sight of the original context of the word happiness.  People now want to be happy immediately but often that happiness is fleeting.  It is devoid of anything to do with long-term well-being but focuses more on what will satisfy me this moment.  Happiness as defined in the Declaration of Independence is nothing without the moral and religious connotations.  Our forefathers knew that true happiness depended not so much on ourselves but on something much greater than us.  We can see this clearly in other writings of the times as well.   If we look at the Massachusetts Constitution drafted in 1870 we see the following written, “the happiness of a people and the good order and preservation of civil government essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality, and . . . these cannot be generally diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God and of public instructions in piety, religion and morality.” 

We can see that the Declaration was not written to give us a free pass to do whatever we wish as long as it makes us happy.  True happiness cannot come at the expense of others.  It cannot come by throwing our morality aside.  It cannot come by pushing God out of our schools, our homes, and our lives.  True happiness, as a right, has to include faith, reverence, virtue, integrity, and righteousness.  This is the happiness we are promised, not the fleeting “happiness” brought on by selfish desires and wants.

With all this in mind where does this leave us as a nation?  We still live in one of the greatest countries in the world but we live in a country where we still need to work to insure our God given rights are never taken away.  As Christians it is our duty to stand up for those rights, not only for ourselves, but for those who cannot stand up for themselves… the poor, the sick, and the unborn.  We can clearly see that our nation’s moral compass is not quite pointing in the right direction.  We need to work to bring our focus back to God and less on ourselves.  Let us show our love for our great nation by taking it back from those who wish to rip it from God’s hands.  As Christians and patriots it is our duty.

“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.”  ~ John Adams

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”   ~ Thomas Jefferson

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40 Days for Conscience: July 1st to August 9th

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Consciences formed in accord with Holy Mother Church, the Church that Christ Himself established, do not support HHS! From July 1st to August 9th, join Catholic Sistas in the next prayer campaign, 40 Days for Conscience.

As you may know, the deadline for our bishops to violate their consciences or face undue tax burden, lose their tax-exempt status and possibly end up in jail is August 1. If ever there was a time to fervently pray for the continued united voices of our bishops in the United States, now is it. We need you to commit to join us in prayer. Please join us by participating with us on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be conducting the campaign. Each day a new petition will be unveiled, giving you a new petition to pray with us for the day. 

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on January 20 that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.In so ruling, the Administration has seemingly ignored the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. As a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics must be prepared either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens because of their religious beliefs. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. All that has been built up over so many years in our Catholic institutions should not be taken away by the stroke of an administrator’s pen. This order reduces the Church to a private club, destroying her public mission in society. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.”  ~ Cardinal George

Encyclicals and Church Documents that support Freedom of Conscience:

What else can I do?

Join the USCCB in their Fortnight for Freedom starting June 21-July 4.

Review the USCCB’s fact sheet.

Send an e-mail to Congress.

Read comments by the USCCB in response to the latest mandate rule.

Text FREEDOM to 377377 to get the latest updates from the USCCB.

Ask St. Thomas More to intercede for us, as he is the patron saint of religious freedom.

Watch these videos on religious liberty.

Read 12 Things Everyone Should Know about The Contraceptive Mandate.

Read what the Church really teaches about Love and Sexuality.

Read up on HHS Mandate Legal Resources.

Add this to your daily prayers:

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” ~ Cardinal George

“We must promote religious liberty for all people. Every man and woman must be free to profess his or her faith, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” – Pope Francis 

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Hobby Lobby – Crafting Religious Freedom

As a group of crafty Catholic women, joining Pinterest was a no-brainer for many of the Catholic Sistas Ink Slingers. As an Art Major, former Catholic school art teacher, homeschool mother, and now homeschool Nana this was certainly true for me.  Therefore, this past Advent and Christmas season brought me to Hobby Lobby more times than I can count. They have always had my respect as a Christian- owned business that closes on Sundays  “the day most widely recognized as a day of rest, in order to allow our employees and customers more time for worship and family”. So what’s not to like?

ObamaCare Enters In

Conversely, Hobby Lobby  hardly seems like a name that would appear in the same sentence with the HHS Mandate – yet here we are. It appears that the insidious HHS Mandate has encroached even into the world of Christian, crafty, self-made entrepreneurs.  At first glance, ObamaCare appeared to be a virtuous idea to some, even as others struggled with the strangle hold it would have on every citizen in the nation. That topic alone would garner a several part series for another day. The portion of ObamaCare that is more easily isolated and agreed upon is the portentous HHS Mandate, which will force – as of January 1, 2013 – businesses, organizations, and institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs to all of their employees – free of charge.

What about Freedom of Religion?

“What about Freedom of Religion?” you might ask. According to Stuart Delery , Acting Assistant Attorney General, “Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion”.  Therefore  “because Hobby Lobby is a secular employer, it is not entitled to the protections of the Free Exercise Clause or RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act]”.

Wait a minute! Don’t they realize that a corporation is made up of people? That those who spend their lives taking the risks it takes to create a business do so according to their religious beliefs and core values? Even at a corporate level, moral decisions are made every day – such as how to treat employees, customers, and vendors. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Economic activity, conducted according to its own proper methods, is to be exercised within the limits of the moral order, in keeping with social justice so as to correspond to God’s plan for man” 2426. Trying to divorce principles from the business world creates exactly the type of selfish capitalism against which we rail.

Freedom of Worship vs. Freedom of Religion

The reasoning put forth by the Obama Administration exemplifies the push for freedom of worship rather than freedom of religion that is stealthily being integrated into our culture these days. In this highly flawed rationale, every person has the right to worship in the way they desire but they should leave that philosophy at the church steps. Once one enters into day to day life, all religious bets are off, so to speak,  and we are to neutralize our belief system at the behest of the secular world. This way we don’t impose our values onto others and we don’t strain the sensibilities of those who do not believe as we do. But aren’t we all here to work toward heaven together? Shouldn’t we encourage godly thinking and morality for all? Yes, and that is why this situation is so pertinent to all of us!

The Church Stance

So is the Church really on board with the civil disobedience planned by the Bishops? Blessed John Paul II, in his Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, stated, “in the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it”, or to “take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it”. This ideal of following God first and civil authority second goes all the way back to the Bible where Acts 5:29 tells us, “ But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God, rather than men”. Preferably, as godly American citizens, we would do well to replicate the dedication of Saint Thomas More who, according to Pope Benedict XVII, “…followed his conscience, even at the cost of displeasing the sovereign whose ‘good servant’ he was, because he chose to serve God first.” After all, the very morality of our nation is at stake and we fight for justice for all of our brethren!

So What Does this all Mean?

Although Hobby Lobby is the only non-Catholic business of the 42 cases and over 110 plaintiffs being brought against this unconstitutional mandate, they are the largest and therefore have the most money to lose as far as potential fines go.  For Hobby Lobby, civil disobedience will mean up to $1.3 M in fines – per day! Having been denied an injunction by several judges, including Supreme Court Justice, Sonya Sotomayer (a Catholic) , they appear to be poised to risk just that. This is where we all come in as the people of God. If a Christian business is willing to face financial ruin for their moral principles shouldn’t we step up in solidarity? Shouldn’t we raise them up in prayer and in deed?

Plan of Action

Hobby Lobby defies HHS Mandate

I propose that we shop Hobby Lobby first, when it comes to the type of products that they carry. Further, I’d love to see them receive many votes of confidence in the form of emails and letters. Not to be forgotten, it behooves us to pray mightily for them and for all of the brave soldiers in this fight for Religious Freedom. The USCCB has given us a campaign in which to participate – Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom.

1) Eucharistic Adoration
2) Daily Family Rosary
3) Mass intentions for Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom
4) Abstaining from meat and fasting every Friday
5) A second Fortnight for Freedom at the end of June and the beginning of July 2013 emphasizing Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom in light of the HHS Mandate.

Wrap Up

All in all, the most important consideration is that we are all in this together. This is not just another political issue that has valid, moral points on either side. Nor is it something to be easily dismissed because it’s not really relevant to us. No, this is a trail down a very slippery slope whose outcome will be affecting our lives very intimately in all the years to come. Don’t dismiss this issue out of hand! Instead join us as we pray, fast, and act on behalf of following the laws of the God of Life! May the Goliath of Big Government be subdued by the unified Davids to be found in those brave enough to defy the HHS Mandate, plus you and me!

Despite Sotomayor Ruling, Hobby Lobby Won’t Comply With Abortifacient Mandate 

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