Obamacare V. The First Freedom


To be honest, we should all probably be a bit mortified that Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby even slithered through the door to the Supreme Court. After all, if there’s a clearer case of deliberate violation of the 1st Amendment guarantee of religious liberty than Obamacare’s illegal requirement that privately owned companies pay for abortions, than some lawyer isn’t working hard enough. Although Obamacare has been repeatedly and comprehensively exposed as the biggest fraud in human history, the Democrats’ lust for power has led them to not only deny that President Barack Obama’s lies matter, but that his lies supersede the Bill of Rights.

Hobby Lobby was founded in 1970 by David and Barbara Green. The Greens, devout Southern Baptists, managed to shepherd a $600 loan into 561 stores providing jobs to more than 13,000 people. Then, Obama imposed his fraud-riddled regulatory nightmare on the Nation despite an overwhelming lack of popularity, compelling the Greens to examine the health benefits they would be forced to offer their employees. The Greens discovered that Obamacare required them to foot the bill for not only their employees’ contraception, but their abortions.

And that’s when the Greens, recognizing that their own religious liberty was under Presidential attack, decided to fight back. With Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (herself a repeatedly exposed liar) bringing the full force of the Federal government to bear on their (not to mention their employees’) livelihoods, the Greens headed to court — tiny Davids forced into battle against Obama’s governmental Goliath.

Despite the desperate reframing of the argument as somehow involving something to which self-described feminists refer as their “right to choose,” the central tenet of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and a number of similar cases actually rests on whether the religious freedom of the proprietor counts as much as the sex life of the employee.

Now, before the more “liberated” among you accuse me of being prudish, consider: The Greens have imposed no religious requirements on Hobby Lobby’s employees. Their employees’ health coverage includes 16 of the 20 items required by Obamacare’s fraudulent fiat — excepting only “abortifacients,” items specifically designed to terminate pregnancy. They simply don’t wish to subjugate their Constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom to the Democrats’ belief that life begins when one pays their first union dues installment. As noted on Hobby Lobby’s website:

While the Green family has no moral objection to providing 16 of the 20 FDA-approved drugs and devices that are part of the federal mandate, providing drugs or devices that have the potential to terminate a life conflicts with their faith.

And that’s all Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, Obamacare v. Bill of Rights and Democrat Demagoguery v. Future Generations is really about. It’s not that “Your boss shouldn’t be involved in your health care decisions,” as suggested by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s promiscuity poster girl and sock puppet Sandra Fluke. The Greens have indicated no interest in their employees’ healthcare. It’s certainly not about “Viagra,” as inexplicably declared by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Kermit Gosnell’s Fantasies). It’s about whether the first freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment can withstand the truly Machiavellian machinations of a liberal star chamber that honestly believes their hatred of the most innocent among us should rule the day.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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