Supreme Court Must Favor Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 09:51 AM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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Religious freedom is a civil and human right that must be protected and preserved.
 
On Monday I did an interview on "Airing the Addisons" with hosts Wil and Meeke Addison discussing the HHS Mandate, Hobby Lobby, and Conestoga Woods. Click here to listen to that show.
 
This week's Supreme Court arguments involve the lives of every American, yet many are unaware.
 
Yesterday the SCOTUS heard arguments for two cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, regarding their lawsuits against the HHS Mandate. Father. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, led prayers with other pro-life leaders and religious freedom advocates at a rally in front of the Supreme Court Building in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods.
 
Planned Parenthood and others they will be bussing in to rally in favor of the HHS Mandate.
 
The irony now is that during the oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested that employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide healthcare coverage for their employees.
 
The justices even recommended that employers opt to pay taxes to avoid the mandate and even give employees a $2,000 raise to buy their own insurance. Does this sound like a socialist agenda?
 
This is an important question for human and civil rights advocates because much is at stake regarding the constitutional rights of religious freedom for every American.

 

Rev. Frank Pavone and Rev. Pat Mahoney lead prayers before the Supreme Court. Courtesy of Priests for Life

Yet another case deals with infringement against religious freedom of non-profit companies. In our Priests for Life case, I join Father Pavone and Janet Morana as parties to our HHS lawsuit; actually the third in a series filed against the HHS Mandate.
 
The irony is the HHS Mandate seeks to force Priests for Life, an organization that teaches that contraception and abortions are dangerous, life threatening, and immoral, to pay for, directly or indirectly, the very injustice that we are fighting against.
 
As Father Pavone said, "There is a difference between killing the poor and serving the poor."
 
Our case is in the appeals process in the D.C. Circuit Court. While the appeal works its way through the appeals process, which can be a lengthy undertaking, we have petitioned the SCOTUS to take up the case because of its “imperative public importance.” That petition will be heard later this week, on Friday, March 28.
 
Please pray that the SCOTUS will make the right decisions and rule in favor of the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Woods case; that the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and pray that the SCOTUS agrees that our PFL case is of such “imperative public importance” that it decides to take up the case and give a favorable ruling.
 
These legal matters raise civil and human rights issues. It is an injustice to rule on the side of death-dealing agents such as carcinogenic fertility blockers. My Uncle Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights over 50 years ago and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is coming up later this year. Yet, in 2014 our government is working against our liberties.
 
May God have mercy and help us, because constitutional rights, like civil rights, are worth fighting for!
 
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
 
 
 
 

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