Lawyers say forcing business owners to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay steep fines “is one of the most straightforward violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this court is likely to see.”
A coalition of child welfare organizations, survivors of clergy sexual abuse and non-believers says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act pushes aside the Supreme Court’s role in interpreting the Constitution.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has filed an amicus brief petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of family-owned businesses with conscientious objections to a regulation that requires employers to pay for forms of birth control that they believe cause an abortion.
The U.S. Supreme Court has released the oral argument calendar for late March and early April. Included are high-profile religious cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The arguments will be heard Tuesday, March 25.
If religious liberties do not include all religions, then our rhetoric becomes the height of hypocrisy.
A changing of the guard both in moderate Baptist life and the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy agency, challenges to Obamacare and the 200th anniversary of Baptist missions in the U.S. topped Baptist newsmakers in 2013 headlines covered by Associated Baptist Press.
A ruling is expected in June over whether the government can require for-profit employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers contraceptive services that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby say their lawsuit is “an excellent vehicle” for clearing up confusion about whether a federal law protecting religious freedom for individuals applies to corporations as well.
Craft store giant Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging Obamacare might be headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court.
An appeals court reversed a lower-court decision, saying the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby can fight implementation of a healthcare law requiring employers to pay for types of contraceptives that they believe are abortifacients.