From the Desk of Mat Staver;
March 26, 2014
Yesterday, the Justices of the Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral argument concerning certain aspects of the ObamaCare law – the most anti-liberty, anti-life, and anti-family bill ever passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law.
The Liberty Counsel legal team has been heavily engaged in the fight to take down ObamaCare since it was first proposed and filed the first private lawsuit against it on the day it was signed into law. We are no less involved several years later and expect to be even more engaged in this struggle in the days ahead.
President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, have put people of faith and religious organizations squarely in their crosshairs!
The President set up this inevitable collision when he reneged on a key promise he made to get his healthcare “reform” bill through Congress: His offer of a “conscience exemption” for people of faith and religiously oriented institutions.
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument about religious business owners and corporations being forced to adhere to highly objectionable mandates. The promised “conscience exemption” never made it into the law. Barack Obama lied to get what he wanted.
Ignoring free exercise rights, the Obama administration is using ObamaCare to compel employers to choose between adhering to their sincerely held religious beliefs or paying enormous fines.
Employers such as Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Products, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Liberty University – all of which operate their businesses, ministries, or institutions in accordance with religious principles that respect the sanctity and dignity of human life – are being told by the government that they must either abandon their principles and provide free abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees or pay exorbitant fines.
That wasn’t supposed to happen, but it turns out that the President lied and the administration provided no exemption. Rather, ObamaCare represents a frontal attack on religious freedom.
Not only does ObamaCare violate the rights of religious employers because of its abortion mandate, it violates the rights of individuals who oppose abortion and the rights of all employers, religious or not.
The outcome of Hobby Lobby will set further litigation in motion regardless of the Court’s ruling. And I promise you, Liberty Counsel will be right in the middle of the battle as we have been since day one!
Our legal team is gearing up now for the new situation that will emerge after the rulings on these cases are announced.
If you would, please consider making a special gift to our litigation fund. No gift is too small – and certainly no gift is too large, given the scope of our docket.
Our amicus brief is being considered as part of the Court’s deliberations.
In January, the Liberty Counsel legal team continued our ongoing fight against ObamaCare by filing an extensive amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case.
Liberty Counsel asked the Court to invalidate the so-called “Preventive Care Mandate,” which includes the provision of abortion drugs and devices. Subjecting employers to such extortion is antithetical to the free exercise protections recognized by the First Amendment.
I know that you agree that ObamaCare is a lethal concoction that has been injected into the laws of our nation and it must be stopped before it inflicts irreversible damage on our healthcare system, economy, culture, and families.
Please, help us continue standing against this lawless administration and ultimately defeat ObamaCare. We can only do this with your ongoing support!
May God bless you abundantly,
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman