Hobby Lobby & Religious Freedom

Hobby-Lobby“On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a case that will set an important precedent regarding the exercise of religious freedom in our country.

“By bringing this case to the Supreme Court, Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby is asking a question that has wide-spread ramifications: ‘Are [people in America that have a business] able to operate that business according to their deeply held religious beliefs?’  Aaron Zubia, Summit Journal, April 2014

“Compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical…that laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust…unless he…renounces this or that religious opinion is depriving him injuriously of those privileges…to which..he has a natural right.” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States

“Religious liberty in this country reflects, among other things, the twin propositions that duty to God transcends duty to society, and that true religious faith cannot be coerced.  James Madison captured these propositions in his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments: ‘It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him.  This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.  Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” Ibid, Summit Journal

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