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  • Answers to All Your Hobby Lobby Questions

    People on the Internet seem to have a lot of thoughts and questions about Hobby Lobby. Here are some answers.

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  • Supreme Court rejects contraceptives mandate for some corporations

    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

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  • Supreme Court ruling affirms Hobby Lobby victory

    The court ruled Monday in a case asking whether family-owned businesses that offer employees health insurance must include contraception in their plans if they object to some forms of it.

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  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby in birth-control mandate case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires closely held private companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

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  • Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

    A deeply divided Supreme Court decided Monday in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.

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  • Ted Cruz: Religious liberty under 'assault' by Obama

    Sen. Ted Cruz sounded a call to defend religious liberty, telling an audience of prominent evangelicals that these principles are under attack by the Obama administration.

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  • 'Hobby Lobby' is about freedom

    Throughout history, people have fought the good fight to preserve those things of value and fundamental importance that define the essence of being human.

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  • Hobby Lobby—straightforward statutory interpretation

    Hobby Lobby has consistently emphasized that its case is one of simple statutory interpretation.

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  • Hobby Lobby for freedom

    "This case is about the rights of all Americans — women and men — to live out their faith. You don’t give up your religious freedom when you earn a living. Barbara Green didn’t give up her freedom when she and David founded Hobby Lobby."

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  • Here's what the Hobby Lobby case is actually about: freedom

    Under both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, it's difficult to see how you can force a company - which is, in the end, an extension of the people who run it - to provide services and products that violate sincere, profoundly-held beliefs. This is particularly so when the aggrieved employees have the freedom to either choose an employer who is willing to subsidize their birth control or, even better, pay for it themselves.

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  • How straightforward statutory interpretation affects the Hobby Lobby case

    We know that the parade of horribles trotted out by the government to deny Hobby Lobby’s RFRA rights includes exactly the ones relied on by the Court in Employment Division v. Smith. By enacting RFRA, Congress plainly regarded the parade of horribles as imaginary. So we know that, as a matter of simple statutory interpretation, RFRA’s reach shouldn't be stunted by the government’s Chicken Little act.

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  • The Real Parade of Horribles in the Hobby Lobby Case

    Oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby revealed a different, and genuine, parade of horribles that merits attention. Under questioning from Justice Kennedy, the Solicitor General was forced to admit that the Administration’s argument, if accepted, would mean that an abortion mandate could be imposed on for-profit corporations.

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  • The Hobby Lobby Case and Separation of Powers

    HHS claimed the power to make a religious exemption, but a narrow religious exemption of its own choosing—not a broad religious exemption designed to comport with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted by Congress. That’s a deeply troubling result not only for those who care about religious freedom, but for those who care about our constitutional separation of powers.

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  • In Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the Greens display the family values that built America

    From the Declaration of Independence through the Revolution, the Civil War through the civil rights movement, Americans have frequently been willing to fight back and assert their rights when overzealous governments tried to take them away. That’s still happening today. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties took their turn recently, when their lawyers argued before the Supreme Court.

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  • Prof. Michael McConnell: Cutting Through the Hype on the Hobby Lobby Case

    Cutting through the politicized hype about the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga case (“Corporations have no rights!” “War on Women!”) the Justices during oral argument focused on four serious legal questions, which deserve a serious answer. Stanford law professor Michael McConnell examines each.

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  • Administration Suffers a Drubbing in Hobby Lobby Arguments

    The questioning got ugly, fast, when Solicitor General Donald Verrilli began his arguments in favor of the mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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  • HHS Mandate v. Religious Liberty

    The Affordable Care Act returned to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the Justices heard a major challenge to the law's birth-control mandate. Five and maybe even six Justices across ideological lines seemed discomfited by the Administration's cramped conception of religious liberty.

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  • Justices Seem Open to Religious Claims by Companies

    In a long and lively argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed ready to accept that at least some for-profit corporations may advance claims based on religious freedom.

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  • Supreme Court Hears Landmark Hobby Lobby Case

    Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green: "Our family started Hobby Lobby built on our faith and together as a family. We’ve kept that tradition for more than forty years and we want to continue to live out our faith in the way we do business."

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  • Rick Warren: If the Contraceptive Mandate Passes, it Will Ruin a Core U.S. Ideology

    Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life.

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  • Hobby Lobby's Steve Green Stands on Faith Against HHS Mandate

    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.

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  • Are Firms Entitled to Religious Protections?

    Hobby Lobby's founder objects to the health law, but the government says for-profit companies aren't entitled to religious-freedom protections.

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  • Religious Exemptions Are Vital for Religious Liberty

    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.

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  • Restricting Religion Will Not Unite Us

    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.

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  • Affordable Care Act - Or War on Conscience?

    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?

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  • Hobby Lobby Owners Deserve Their Religious Rights

    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.

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  • Government Can't Have it Both Ways on Religious Freedom

    The government cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living.

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  • Contraception Mandate Doublecross

    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.

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  • The Basic Right of a Free People

    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.

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  • Underlying Hobby Lobby

    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.

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  • A Hobson's Choice: Religious Freedom in the Business World

    The government burdens the businesses exercise of religion by forcing them to either renounce their religious beliefs or pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines each year.

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  • Corporate Personhood: For Me But Not for Thee?

    The law does not ask courts to pretend that corporations are robots because corporations are owned and operated by people.

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  • Accommodations, Religious Freedom, and the Hobby Lobby Case

    RFRA says, for all of us, that religious freedom matters, that it matters to policy winners and losers alike, and that if we can accommodate religious believers’ practices and objections, then we should.

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  • Our Legal Heritage Favors Religious Freedom

    The best of our legal heritage favors recognition of religious freedom exercised by family-run businesses and closely held companies.

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  • Businesses and the Right to Pursue Moral Values

    Values are good for some companies, just not Hobby Lobby?

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  • In a Battle of Semantics, the Family Businesses Win with Scientific Facts

    No matter how the government spins the issues and tries to frame the semantics, the science, history, and tradition are on the side of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.

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  • Challenge to Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Mandate Could Save Nation from Dangerous Path

    Does running a business mean you have to silence your conscience? Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will decide that question.

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  • High Court Should Nix Contraception Order

    The First Amendment’s language on freedom of religion could not be more clear: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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  • Mandates Make Martyrs Out of Corporate Owners

    The government can’t force individuals to forfeit their free exercise rights when they incorporate a business...

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  • Why is RFRA Still Valid Against the Federal Government?

    Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) entitle a for-profit corporation to an exemption from the requirement of providing employees with health coverage that includes contraception, on the ground that the owners of the corporation have religious objections to providing such coverage?

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  • Congress Answered This Question: Corporations are Covered

    The threshold issue in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores is whether any plaintiff’s free exercise of religion is substantially burdened within the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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  • Obama's War on the First Amendment

    Hobby Lobby has courageously stood up for its religious principles against this requirement despite the threat of fines of $1.3 million daily for not complying with this Obamacare mandate.

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  • Hobby Lobby Files Supreme-Court Brief Challenging DOJ Arguments

    The Green family's lawyers argue that the owners of the craft store chain “exercise their faith through Hobby Lobby, and those beliefs are entitled to protection."

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  • STRANGE: Defending Faith from Federal Bullies

    As Attorney General of Alabama, I am proud to see our state, along with 20 other states, stand shoulder to shoulder with the Becket Fund in opposing the Department of Health and Human Services mandate.

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  • Jindal Warns of 'Silent War' on Religion in Reagan Library Speech

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted the "silent war" that he said is undermining the nation's basic principles in a major speech Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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  • The Green Family, the HHS Mandate, and Religious Freedom

    Today the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, will submit its brief in the Supreme Court case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. The case will determine whether the Green family will be forced to choose between four bad options.

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  • Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Brief Counters Government "Divide and Conquer" Attempt to Violate Business Owners' Religious Rights

    Hobby Lobby asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to protect them from being forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or be forced to pay severe fines.

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  • Obama’s Blind Spot on Religious Liberty

    President Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast — and one is reluctant to criticize. But pry my jaw from the floorboards. Without a hint of irony, the president lamented eroding protections of religious liberty around the world.

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  • Religious Liberty Should Trump HHS Mandate

    The Green family, through the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, will file its brief with the Supreme Court Monday seeking relief from paying a daily fine of potentially more than $1.3 million for refusing to violate their Bible-based views on life.

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  • 56 Briefs Support Hobby Lobby In Supreme Court Case

    Supporters include bi-partisan legislators; 20 state governments; law professors and constitutional experts; Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and organizations; and business and women's groups.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Justices Take Hobby Lobby’s Case Challenging Federal Mandate

    The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hobby Lobby’s case regarding the federal mandate for family businesses to provide four specific potentially life-terminating drugs and devices

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh If the Federal Mandate Can Stand

    The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up two potential landmark cases examining whether the federal mandate infringes on the rights of family businesses to religious freedom under the Constitution and federal law

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  • The Federal Mandate and the First Amendment

    In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sebelius, two cases on the rights of family business owners to operate their companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions

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  • 1993 Religious Freedom Act is at Heart of Hobby Lobby Case

    Nearly 20 years after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law, the Greens and their family businesses, including Hobby Lobby, challenge the federal government to protect their Constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Hobby Lobby Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions

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  • Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Take Its Appeal

    Hobby Lobby asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case and decide whether the Green family will be required to provide four specific potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in violation of their religious beliefs

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  • United States Appeals Hobby Lobby Decision to Supreme Court

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the United States government asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the Hobby Lobby case...

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  • Hobby Lobby Wins Preliminary Injunction

    After landmark U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, district court grants preliminary injunction

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  • Hobby Lobby Gets 11th Hour Victory Against the Mandate

    After landmark U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, trial court orders government to halt enforcement

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  • VICTORY: U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Denial of Hobby Lobby Injunction

    Sends case back to district court for further proceedings and quick resolution

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  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Hobby Lobby Full Court Hearing

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby’s petition for en banc hearing, agreeing to place Hobby Lobby’s appeal before the entire court rather than...

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  • Nine U.S. Senators & Two Representatives: Religious Freedom Includes Hobby Lobby

    Brief confirms that the bi-partisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects Hobby Lobby from the federal mandate to provide four specific potentially life-terminating drugs and devices

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  • Hobby Lobby Forced to Ask Supreme Court to Halt Federal Mandate

    U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denies relief from federal mandate to provide four specific potentially life-terminating drugs and devices

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  • Hobby Lobby Seeks Emergency Relief from Federal Mandate

    Appeals to U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to protect Constitutionally guaranteed right to operate family businesses according to deeply held religious convictions

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  • Federal Court: Hobby Lobby Must Violate Deeply Held Religious Convictions

    Becket Fund appeals on behalf of the Greens and their family businesses

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