“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. …”
That the First Amendment requires separation of church and state is an erroneous claim. The religion clause bars Congress from establishing a national religion or interfering with citizens’ right to exercise their religion. Requiring a business owner religiously opposed to the killing of unborn babies to pay for the killing of unborn babies is a blatant violation.
In another obeying-immoral-laws case, the Roman Catholic owners of Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics provide health insurance for employees but exclude coverage for contraceptives, abortion, and sterilization. The Obama administration requires the owners to provide such coverage beginning April 1 or face fines. Christian retailer Hobby Lobby faced a similar choice and said it would not obey the law.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed suit on behalf of Freshway’s owners, the Gilardi brothers, seeking a preliminary injunction. Earlier this month, a federal judge denied the motion. The Gilardis have a choice: Cover employees’ contraceptives, abortion, and sterilization—a violation of their religious beliefs—or face millions of dollars in fines. It reminds me of the gun-to-your-head dilemma. You can do the awful thing the person says you must do, or you can take a bullet. A bad choice, but a choice nonetheless.
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