Obamacare Loses Against Hobby Lobby, For Now

The Denver AP reports that Hobby Lobby will not have to pay millions in fines, at this time, for not providing birth control coverage to employees. The case will continue to battle in lower courts, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Hobby Lobby could continue with their case without paying fines that were scheduled to issue on July 1.

Hobby Lobby originally sued on grounds of religious violation, as the founder and CEO David Green and his family do not agree with a birth control mandate issued by the federal government.

The judge had these words to say, “Sincerely religious persons could find a connection between the exercise of religion and the pursuit of profit… Would an incorporated kosher butcher really have no claim to challenge a regulation mandating non-kosher butchering practices?”

The U.S. Department of Justice has argued that opposing birth control coverage is a way for Hobby Lobby to impose religious beliefs on its employees.

For now, the case will return to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, which originally ruled against the company’s religious exemption request.

We’ll discuss more on this story on an upcoming podcast. Stay tuned.

Hobby Lobby Could Face $1.3 Million in Fines Per Day for Beliefs

Yes, you read that headline properly. Hobby Lobby, a well known company for not only crafts and household goods, but Christian outspokenness, could be fined $1.3 million a day for not offering the emergency contraceptive drug to their employees. The company that upholds Christian values does not agree with such a medication and does not agree to provide it to employees. Sounds like another freedom of religion infringement case that could crumple Christian business. July 1 will be the big day for Hobby Lobby when mandates could go into affect that penalize that company and require payment of fines.

Take a closer look at the story by watching a recent interview with Hobby Lobby’s president on The Christian Post.