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Obamacare prohibits free exercise of religion

7:19 PM, Jan. 10, 2013  |  Comments
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The U.S. government is trying to force American citizens to violate their deeply held beliefs, robbing them of their First Amendment rights.

The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby have filed a lawsuit seeking relief from the Obamacare mandate requiring employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. Christians believe abortion is immoral, and to pay for these drugs violates this belief. But the Supreme Court rejected the Hobby Lobby owners' request for an emergency injunction, putting into motion the government's threat to fine Hobby Lobby $1.3 million per day beginning Jan. 1 until Hobby Lobby complies.

This is an extremely egregious violation of religious liberty. As far as the U.S. government is concerned, it doesn't matter that the law violates their religious liberty to conduct business according to their conscience. Obamacare mandates that these Christians comply or face fines that will put them out of business.

If the federal government can force citizens to purchase items that they believe to be immoral, where will this end? The Bill of Rights states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Obamacare prohibits the free exercise of religion of the owners of Hobby Lobby.

Maryanne Dainsberg

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