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Legislators Behind Religious Freedom Law Back Hobby Lobby


ADELAIDE DARLING

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2/22/2013

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ABSTRACTLegislators Behind Religious Freedom Law Back Hobby Lobby | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  February 10, 2013 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tim Drake Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Legislators Behind Religious Freedom Law Back Hobby Lobby (189) Nine U.S. Senators and two House members have filed a legal brief supporting the company‚Äôs lawsuit against the HHS mandate. Tweet by ADELAIDE DARLING/CNA 02/22/2013 Comment Sen. Orrin Hatch. – Wikipedia WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its recent religious freedom lawsuit. “Congress has commanded equal treatment of all under a religion-protective rule. Defendants may not pick and choose whose exercise of religion is protected and whose is not,” said the “friend-of-the-court” brief filed on behalf of nine U.S. Senators and two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The brief was filed in support of Hobby Lobby , a privately owned chain of craft stores founded in Oklahoma in 1972. Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO, David Green, has said that he and his family are devoted Christians who seek to operate their stores “in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” The company makes significant charitable donations and closes all of its stores on Sundays for employees to worship and rest with their families. However, the Green family is among scores of plaintiffs suing the government over religious freedom concerns dealing with a federal mandate that requires employers to offer insurance coverage of some drugs that can induce early abortions, including the “morning after pill.” For following their religious convictions and refusing to provide the coverage, the Greens could face fines of over $1 million a day.  The case is currently being heard before a federal appeals court. However, the company was earlier denied a temporary injunction, so it could be subject to the huge daily fines for several months while the case is being decided. The Feb. 19 brief was signed by Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Daniel Coats, R-Ind., Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, James Inhofe, R-Okla., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and by Congressmen Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Frank Wolf, R-Va. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty , which is handling Hobby Lobby’s case, explained the significance of the Congressional support. “While any brief by sitting members of Congress is significant, this one comes from members who originally supported the federal civil rights law — the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 — which is at the heart of the mandate challenges,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund. “The brief leaves no doubt that Congress intended to protect the religious freedom of those like Hobby Lobby and its founder, David Green, against federal attempts to force them to insure abortion-inducing drugs.” The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a bipartisan law introduced by then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Sen. Hatch, that attracted wide support among a number of organizations ranging from the ACLU to the Southern Baptist convention. According to.......