Key Christian Ministry Leaders Stand with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga

Hobby Lobby/ConestogaThe NRB Board of Directors, a body of nearly 100 key leaders in Christian media and ministry, unanimously resolved to stand with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their “David-and-Goliath” struggle for freedom ahead of the companies’ Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday.

In a Resolution, the leaders of the NRB Board recognized, “Both cases involve claims by faith-based, closely-held, for-profit companies,” and that the Executive Branch is seeking to force them, “in violation of their Biblical beliefs, to make available to their employees and their family members, insurance coverage that would include abortion-inducing drugs and services.”

As private businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties do not fall under the narrow religious exemption of this federal mandate, so they would be required to include such coverage when their health plans renew or face exorbitant and potentially fatal federal fines for their refusal to comply.

“We stand with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, and against Obamacare, for the sanctity of human life and the First Amendment freedom to live out that conviction,” declared NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Christian business owners like the Greens and the Hahns should not be forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs by providing for abortion.”

Earlier this year, 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. The need to integrate religious faith into everyday business decisions, like those made by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga in refusing to facilitate conduct in violation of the Bible, the brief stated, “flows from a theological belief that is as old as Christianity.”

In the unanimously-passed Resolution, the NRB Board urged the Supreme Court to uphold the free exercise rights of the two family businesses, and called on NRB members “to pray for the Justices of the United States Supreme Court that they may render just decisions which provide constitutionally sound and robust protections for the exercise of religious freedom in America.”

A final written ruling is expected by late June.

Hobby Lobby is being defended by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and Alliance Defending Freedom, an NRB member, and allied attorneys are representing Conestoga Wood Specialties.

Published: March 27, 2014