By now you may have heard that the Supreme Court has decided in favor of Hobby Lobby in the Obamacare contraception mandate case.
This is a HUGE win for religious liberty and a big blow to Obamacare. The Court was divided 5-4 down pretty foreseeable lines. The Court’s conservatives sided with Hobby Lobby and the liberals came down against. The decision came down to Justice Kennedy who could swing either way… this time he chose religious freedom.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion (you can see it Here), and here is a little of what he had to say about the case.
“The effect of the HHS-created accommodation on the women employed by Hobby Lobby and the other companies involved in these cases would be precisely zero. Under that accommodation, these women would still be entitled to all FDA-approved contraceptives without cost sharing.”
“Congress provided protection for people like the Hahns and Greens by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of ‘persons.’ But it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this fiction is to provide protection for human beings.”
Justice Kennedy added –
“Among the reasons the United States is so open, so tolerant, and so free is that no person may be restricted or demeaned by government in exercising his or her religion. Yet neither may that same exercise unduly restrict other persons, such as employees, in protecting their own interests, interests the law deems compelling. “
Sadly, while the case may be a win for freedom and American values, as Cal Thomas explains you shouldn’t expect liberals to b e happy about it.