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Written By: Dale Bartscher - Published Monday, June 30, 2014


~ a great day for religious freedom ~

By Dale Bartscher

“The Supreme Court decision for Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby is a major victory for religious freedom against Obamacare and the HHS Mandate.” - Alliance Defending Freedom
For the third time in less than two weeks, the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama Administration for its overreach. Today religious freedom has been upheld at the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-to-4, that the HHS Mandate (abortion pill mandate) violates the religious rights of families who own a business. Neither the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, nor the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, are required to fund abortion pills through their company insurance plan.

Today’s successful challenge to the HHS Mandate, ensures that each family will not be required to check their religious freedom at the door just because they own a business. The HHS mandate is a threat to religious freedom. It jeopardizes America’s long-held tradition of respecting conscience. Freedom to practice one’s religion should not be confined to one’s home or place of worship. It extends to the public square.

Gary Bauer of American Values was spot on in the writing of this warning:

“While we celebrate this victory, the fact remains that four justices on the Supreme Court, including the two appointed by Obama, evidently share his narrow view of America's first freedom and were willing to trample the religious liberty of millions of Americans in order to advance their radical pro-abortion agenda.

This narrow decision, with four liberal justices eager to go the wrong way, is a stark reminder to every man and woman of faith that their religious liberty is hanging by a thread.

It would be a terrible mistake to assume that the battle over religious liberty is over. Quite the contrary. The left and its allies are attacking our values non-stop. Bakers, florists, photographers are being forced to participate in same-sex weddings. That fight is still very much alive and was not addressed in today's narrow opinion.

The left has critical mass. The attack on faith is not coming from just big government. Remember how the business community forced Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto legislation protecting religious liberty? We must remain vigilant.”

For your information please CLICK HERE to read the Supreme Court’s decision.

Friends, as we celebrate this victory, let us continue in this fight for that which is right. Your ongoing prayers and financial support of the FHA and FHA ACTION is needed NOW more than ever before. Together we are strengthening and preserving marriage, family, life and liberty in South Dakota. Thank you for partnering with us!

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