Today’s decision by the Supreme Court in favor of the Green Family (Hobby Lobby) and Hahn Family (Conestoga Wood Specialties) was a victory for liberty and the value that forged this great nation: religious freedom.
Religious freedom is a hallmark of our American way of life. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that the Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly attempted to intrude on the religious freedom of individuals as well as religious organizations. The government should not send the message that the people have religious freedom so long as they don't own a business. While many of the implications of this decision are yet to come, the Supreme Court’s decision is certainly a move in the right direction in reestablishing an individual’s right to religious freedom. The issue of where charities, hospitals and schools stand with regard to the HHS Mandate is still to be determined by the courts.
It is our prayer that moving forward, the federal government would reconsider the way in which it approaches such sensitive issues and would place greater value on the rights of all men and women to exercise their constitutionally granted religious freedom without the threat of coercion.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge stands in solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which released a statement earlier today (CLICK HERE to read the statement).