PRESS RELEASE: Monumental Victory for Religious Freedom from Supreme Court

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Monday June 30, 2014
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Monumental Victory for Religious Freedom from Supreme Court

Religious freedom has been upheld at the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate (abortion pill mandate) violates the religious rights of families who own a business. Neither the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby Stores, nor the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, are required to fund abortion-inducing pills through their company insurance plan.

Citizens for Community Values applauds the Supreme Court today for upholding the First Amendment religious liberty rights of all Americans by protecting the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for the coverage of drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child.

The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion written by Justice Alito, strongly cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) passed almost unaminously in Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1993. Today, Justice Alito stated, “Congress enacted RFRA in 1993 in order to provide very broad protection for religious liberty.” RFRA restored the standard of strict scrutiny that the Court must use when determining whether the Government has a compelling interest in curtailing an American’s First Amendment right to freely exercise their religious beliefs.

Today’s ruling affirmed that the federal government did not pass that test: “The government has failed to show the mandate is the least restrictive means of advancing its interest in guaranteeing cost-free birth control.”

Importantly, the Supreme Court reminded us that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not give license to discrimination, as many on the Left have mistakenly claimed.  Today, the Supreme Court directly repudiated this notion, specifically reiterating that RFRA provides no defense to racial discrimination in hiring. No federal or state RFRA has ever been used to discriminate against someone.  In fact, RFRA is actually about preventing discrimination against any American due to their religious beliefs.

Praise God – this is a great day for human rights and liberty.

As Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, declared, “All Americans can be thankful that the Court reaffirmed that freedom of conscience is a long-held American tradition and that the government cannot impose a law on American men and women that forces them to violate their beliefs in order to hold a job, own a business, or purchase health insurance.”

As Dr. Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission stated, “Hobby Lobby [and Conestoga Wood Specialities] refused to render to Caesar what belongs to God: their consciences. The Supreme Court agreed.”

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