Liberals Draft Bill to Contradict Hobby Lobby Ruling; Religious Liberty Still at Risk
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, July 14 2014 @ 04:14 PM EDT
Following the recent victorious Hobby Lobby ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, liberal lawmakers have wasted no time introducing an “Anti-Hobby Lobby” bill.
Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) introduced legislation last week that attempts to sidestep the recent ruling. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to bypass all committees and fast-track the bill, S.2578.
American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) quickly reached out to its friends and supporters through an email Action Alert, which encouraged Americans to contact their Senators and Representatives and ask them to reject the proposed legislation.
“This is a demented and hate-filled attack on Hobby Lobby and people of faith everywhere,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “The Democratic leadership in the Senate is firmly resolute in promoting its agenda on two fronts, first through the killing of unborn children, and second, by forcing people of faith to pay for it. The question is not about so-called birth control, and it never has been. It’s about forcing people of faith to fund abortion. That the left would take its abortion enthusiasm to this extreme is a new low. It’s not policy; it’s vindictiveness.”
The landmark Supreme Court ruling on June 30 stated that Hobby Lobby and, by extension, other “closely held” companies whose leaders have religious objections to abortion-inducing methods of birth control do not have to pay for employees’ abortion drugs under Obamacare.
Under Murray and Udall’s “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act,” the attack against Hobby Lobby goes much deeper than even Obamacare, specifically striking at the heart of religious liberty by nullifying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and completely terminating exemptions for all business, even those run by Christians with deeply held convictions about abortion.
The bill dictates that employers cannot interfere in their employees’ decisions about contraception and other health services through discrimination by:
- Banning employers from refusing to cover any health coverage—including contraceptive coverage—that is guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law.
- Stating that federal laws, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, do not permit employers to refuse to comply with the ACA.
The bill includes an exemption for houses of worship as well as an accommodation for religious non-profits. Yet, given past efforts to force people of faith to violate their convictions – as well as efforts by liberals to determine what constitutes a religious organization – such an exemption is hardly comforting.
AFA is urging Americans to contact their lawmakers to encourage them to reject Reid, Murray and Udall’s vindictive attempts to force Christians and Christian business owners to violate their faith. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) are introducing companion legislation in the House.
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