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Stand with Hobby Lobby & Religious Liberty for All

June 28th, 2014 No comments

hobby Lobby1The Green and Hahn families have courageously fought the coercive HHS mandate all the way to the Supreme Court, defending their right to religious freedom. Now, it’s time for us to stand with these families. The Supreme Court is expected to release its opinion in these cases THIS Monday, June 30 at about 10:00 a.m. (EST).

Here’s what you can do to stand with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood on Monday:

1. Join the Tweet Storm: From 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. (EST) on decision day, join a tweet storm for religious freedom to set the record straight on the mandate. Suggested tweets are below. Use the #religiousfreedom hashtag and join the Facebook event here.

2. Change Your Avatar: Change your Twitter and Facebook pictures to the attached avatar to show your support for religious freedom.

3. Blog It: Use the attached messaging to write blog posts, op-eds, and press statements explaining how the HHS mandate is forcing family businesses to violate their beliefs or face devastating government penalties. For additional background information, please visit the Becket Fund’s Hobby Lobby Case Page and http://www.hobbylobbycase.com/ and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Conestoga Wood Specialties case page.

4. Join the Religious Freedom Rally at the Supreme Court: Coalition allies are organizing a rally at the Supreme Court on Monday, June 30. Please send staff or interns to the front of the Supreme Court before 9:00 a.m. to stand for religious freedom. Look for the “Religious Freedom” banner. Supporters of the Hahns and the Greens will be holding signs affirming our freedom to live and work according to our convictions. A press conference will begin at 10:45 a.m. on the day of the decision. See more information here.

5. Get informed on a Decision Day Conference Call. The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center will host a conference call for coalition allies at 1:00 p.m (EST) on Monday. Please contact Leslie.Ford@heritage.org for more information and to receive the call-in number.

Suggested Tweets

If Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Win:

1. RT to support #religiousfreedom 4 every family biz—incl @HobbyLobbyCase & Conestoga Wood

2. Govt tried to hit families w/crippling fines for exercising #religiousfreedom. #SCOTUS says NO in @HobbyLobbyCase!

3. #SCOTUS agrees: Americans don’t surrender their #ReligiousFreedom when they open a family business. @HobbyLobbyCase

4. #SCOTUS affirms #religiousfreedom. Govt cannot punish people of faith for running a family biz. @HobbyLobbyCase

5. #SCOTUS #forthewin: #Religiousfreedom doesn’t end when a family business begins@HobbyLobbyCase

6. .@HobbyLobbyCase victory affirms families shouldn’t be forced to violate faith to earn a living. #religiousfreedom

7. #SCOTUS affirms: In a free and diverse society, we respect the #ReligiousFreedom of all to live out their deepest convictions. @HobbyLobbyCase

If Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Lose:

1. Family biz shouldn’t be forced to violate their faith to earn a living. #SCOTUS undermines #religiousfreedom in @HobbyLobbyCase

2. Opening doors of a family business shouldn’t close door on #religiousfreedom

3. #SCOTUS undermines #ReligiousFreedom: In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom of all to live out their deepest convictions.

4. I support the #ReligiousFreedom of every family business—including @HobbyLobbyCase. RT to agree.
5. Americans don’t surrender their #ReligiousFreedom when they open a family business. #SCOTUS gets it wrong.

6. .@HobbyLobbyCase #SCOTUS gets #religiousfreedom wrong. Running a business doesn’t mean govt runs your life.

Images & Videos to Share:

1. Do you want the Govt to crush the consciences of family business owners? 59% of Americans say NO! @HobbyLobbyCase pic.twitter.com/COs8GBgBMr
2. Faith plays a role in every aspect of the Green family’s life, even how they run their business http://bit.ly/1meEqoU
3. For the Green family, faith impacts every aspect of their lives, including how they run their family businesses pic.twitter.com/ujBn7xVyd0
4. Do you support religious freedom for all? Change your profile pic to this –> pic.twitter.com/Od1IgwCGwU
5. By signing RFRA into law, Pres. @BillClinton affirmed that religious freedom is a right we must protect pic.twitter.com/iea9SVxHY4
6. .@HobbyLobbyCase is about 1 question: Can the GOVT crush the consciences of family business owners? pic.twitter.com/ugJmuLC85t

Pending Hobby Lobby Ruling: The Line in the Sand

June 24th, 2014 No comments

line in sandThe Supreme Court is expected to rule any day on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties’ case. This case challenges the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on the grounds that it forces Christian business owners to violate their religious liberties. In a nutshell, our own government is forcing business owners to make an unprecedented and unacceptable choice between operating their business on the basis of biblical convictions or violating their consciences to stay open.
This ruling is a game-changer for all Americans, especially for people of faith. Never in my lifetime has the federal government been guilty of so egregiously trampling the liberties of it citizens. What makes it all the more repugnant is that it centers on the issues of abortion and contraception, both of which are already accessible to those who want them.

Looking through the lens of history, the HHS Mandate makes the Tea Act look benign and even laughable. It reveals how accustomed we have become to government control and tyranny. Our forefathers responded with a public act of defiance by throwing a Tea Party in the honor of King George III. They had a keen sensitivity to all forms of governmental intrusion and the courage to stand aggressively in the face of arrogant bureaucratic overreach.

The question remains as to what kind of party we will throw if this administration refuses to back off and the Supreme Court fails to protect our dearest, God-given liberties?

We have been literally painted into a corner by the Obama administration and the Democratic members of Congress who forced this atrocious piece of legislation upon the American people. Religious liberty is non-negotiable. Our Founding Fathers clearly understood the consciences of men were not the objects of human legislation. The final authority over the human conscience rests with our Creator and not the governments of men. We must remind our leaders of this cornerstone principle of liberty. If our courts usurp their God-given authority, we have the duty to resist.

I will be watching closely. My prayer is that we will not have to send invitations to the next party.