The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities in a politically and constitutionally freighted test of the Obama administration’s mandate that employers include free contraception coverage as part of their health plans.

Hobby Lobby store in Stow, Ohio. Photo courtesy DangApricot via Wikimedia Commons

Hobby Lobby store in Stow, Ohio. Photo courtesy DangApricot via Wikimedia Commons

The decision, which is expected by June, will not deal with lawsuits over the mandate that have been filed by non-profit faith-based groups.

The cases accepted by the high court today are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius.

“My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said Steve Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO.  “This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.

There are 84 court cases against Obamacare’s birth control mandate.

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4 Comments

  1. Michele Joseph

    Michele Joseph

    I’m eager to hear the outcome of this.
    I think if this passes, I’ll become a Jain.
    I could start a business, and deny coverage to all my employees – all
    but the strict vegetarians.
    For the biggest savings, I could be sure to hire non-Jains.
    Wow. Could this ever become a byzantine, Gordian knot of a Pandoras’
    Box of a problem !
    God help the Supreme Court.

  2. Michele Joseph

    Michele Joseph

    Darn right, it’s stupid, and it’s a frightening danger to all that is American.
    As i flippantly pointed out earlier, if there can be objections on grounds of
    violation of Christian values,then there can be objections in response to
    violations of Hindu values, Jewish values, Muslim values,etc.
    Then, if health plan issues fly, then, why not hiring & firing because someone is in violation of somebodys’ religious convictions, etc.
    A lot of this stuff is idiotically short-sighted. Remember, todays’ precedent is tomorrows’ reality.
    You don’t want to go there, people, you really don’t.
    You want non-Christian religions ramming their way of life down YOUR throat ?
    No, of course you don’t.
    Separation of church & state opens the possibility of peace and freedom for all.
    Without it, we’re looking at a balkanized nation,where it’s not safe to go out into the streets unarmed.

  3. Why does government have a role at all in regulating an employers’ health care plan ? –
    ` If a business treats employees poorly, we tell our neighbors and start an online effort to tell friends to stay away from them . We see presently how Washington is bungling their thinly veiled wealth distribution scheme under the banner of health care .
    One thing they could do if to watch what Cedar Creek church is doing . They too could simply open up a free health clinic, even many of them . That’s a great need for the poor .

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