|For Immediate Release
June 30, 2014
Manassas, VA – NRB today lauded the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding religious freedom for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their “David-and-Goliath” struggle for freedom against the Executive Branch.
“We rejoice with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties today,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “This is a significant victory honoring Americans’ First Amendment freedom to live their faith in everyday life.”
Craig Parshall, Sr. Vice President & General Counsel for NRB, also stated, “The Supreme Court has restored an important feature of religious liberty for Americans – the right of owners of closely-held corporate businesses to exercise their faith in the practical business decisions that they make, a point that NRB and numerous others urged in friend of the court briefs.”
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties sought relief from a federal mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and certain abortion-inducing drugs. As private businesses, they did not fall under the narrow religious exemption carved out by the Obama Administration. They would have been required to include such coverage when their health plans renewed or potentially face crippling federal fines for their refusal to comply.
“I hope the Administration and others who would use the heavy hand of government to squelch freedom will take notice,” declared Dr. Johnson. “Christian business owners like the Greens and the Hahns should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs by providing for abortion.”
The full text of the 2014 NRB Board Resolution supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in these Supreme Court cases is available online here. Also, NRB’s Office of General Counsel filed an Amicus Curiae (“Friend of the Court”) brief in this case arguing for appropriate “breathing room” for religious freedom. Find that brief online here.
Hobby Lobby was defended by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty before the Supreme Court, and Alliance Defending Freedom, an NRB member, and allied attorneys represented Conestoga Wood Specialties.
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