|For Immediate Release
January 27, 2014
Manassas, VA– Today the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), America’s preeminent advocate for the rights of Christian communicators in matters of faith, free speech, and free press, filed its Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases.
The appeals involve the religious objections of those family-owned companies against having to carry abortion-inducing drug coverage in their insurance plans as compelled by the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, noted, “We stand with Hobby Lobby, and against Obamacare, for the sanctity of human life and the First Amendment freedom to live out that conviction. Christian business owners like the Greens should not be forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs by providing for abortion.”
In the legal brief drafted by NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall and Associate Counsel Jennifer Gregorin, the High Court was told that these cases present a “unique opportunity” to “address the breadth of breathing room that should be accorded to religious freedoms when they are burdened by the increasingly complex tangle of federal regulations confronting 21st-century Americans.” The need to integrate religious faith into everyday business decisions, like those made by Hobby Lobby in refusing to facilitate conduct in violation of the Bible, the attorneys wrote, “flows from a theological belief that is as old as Christianity.”
Noting the need for a strong advocacy on First Amendment issues, Dr. Johnson added: “Recent developments on the cultural and legal landscape require that NRB defend the biblical and constitutional principles of religious freedom with zeal.”
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