Hobby Lobby to Defy HHS Mandate Risking $1.3 Million a Day in Fines


The Obama administration has Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do they violate their consciences and provide contraception and abortifacients in their health  insurance policies, do they drop their health insurance policies entirely, or do they simply refuse to comply and risk the huge fines? This is the America we live in, today, thanks to Obama voters who wouldn’t know what a totalitarian regime looked like unless it kicked them in the a$$.

Life News reports:

Following a decision by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denying Hobby Lobby’s request for an exemption from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, the Christian retail company said it will defy the mandate.

As LifeNews reported, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to act favorably on an emergency appeal Hobby Lobby stores filed to stop enforcement of the HHS mandate against it.

After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying.

Sotomayor said Hobby Lobby did not show it met the legal standard for blocking enforcement on an emergency basis, but said the company can continue with its lawsuit in lower court.

Now, an attorney for Hobby Lobby says it will defy the mandate and potentially risk potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Kyle Duncan, an attorney for the pro-life legal group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement that hobby Lobby doesn’t plan to offer its employees insurance that would cover the drug while its lawsuit is pending.

“The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees,” Duncan said. “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”

The most recent polling data from December 2012 shows Americans support a religious exemption to the mandate.

So, who wants to hear a rapping priest protest this abomination?

I can see it now – a million Catholic march

Praying on DC – we want to be free

Lift up our arms – not to do harm

But we’ll pray to the Virgin Mary for the family

The gates of hell shall not prevail

(Matthew 16:19)

The mandate will fail….

10 thoughts on “Hobby Lobby to Defy HHS Mandate Risking $1.3 Million a Day in Fines

  1. Good for them! Their problem was being the wrong religion going before Sotomayor asking for relief, if they were muslim she would’ve granted it. Like she did the last time over a rhamadan meal for a prisoner. Then during her confirmation hearing proclaimed that a “religious exemption” as provided and guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution “was probably the most important and above all others.” Guess she either forgot that or had her fingers crossed.

    Then again without this clown, the entire point would be mute. . . . . .


  2. It is hard to imagine a more clear violation of the free exercise of religion clause. The Court’s have been going back to the words of Jefferson – “a wall between Church and State” – to interpret the 1st Amendment in a direction none of the founders would have supported – the total removal of Christianity from the public square. The question I have is, will the Court again go back to another Jefferson to find out what the government can to infringe upon those beliefs under the Free Exercise clause.. As I read Jefferson his intent was to draw a big circle around then extant mainstream religious beliefs and put those beyond the scope of government legislation. Under the Free Exercise Clause, the government could only legislate to stop an affirmative action done under the color of religion that threatened the social order. Catholic opposition to abortion and contraception was an openly held belief at the time, and thus fall within the ambit of the Free Exercise clause’s protections. For Sotomyer to deny this injunction, thus putting the business in mortal danger of punitive government action while the Courts are still hearing the case, is simply beyond despicable. :


  3. Sorry, should have proof read – the above should have read “to another writing of Jefferson to find the limits of what government can do before infringing . . . “


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  5. Thanks, Deb! Will pop it onto my blog and otherwise get the word out. We should do several of these or months of these…Their fight will continue and be costly either in lawyer expenses, gov fines and/or both!


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