ACTION ALERT: Thank Ohio AG For Standing Up For Religious Freedom
Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was unjustly attacked by political opponents for merely doing his job and defending the foundational civil liberties of all Americans. CCV Action encourages you to send Attorney General DeWine a brief note thanking him for standing in the gap for Ohioans’ and Americans’ First Amendment rights.
DeWine joined attorney generals in 19 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of the Green family in the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Filing an amicus brief stating a legal point of view is an important part of appellate jurisprudence and part of the role of an attornal general).
You will recall that the HHS mandate in Obamacare forces employers to pay for employees’ contraception, including several varieties of contraception that are known to be abortifacients. The Green family, who runs Hobby Lobby, rightfully believes that, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the government cannot coerce them to violate their conscience.
This case is particularly heinous given that thousands of other companies (including large corporations and trade unions) have been given exemptions from this mandate for purely secular or political reasons. Not only is the federal government violating First Amendment liberties, but it is also selectively discriminating against businesses run by people of faith.
The current administration in Washington continues to misconstrue religious liberty as merely freedom to worship within the confines of the four walls of your house of worship. This is a clear denial of the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the clear intent and understanding of the Framers of our Constitution. This is tantamount to saying that you are allowed to speak freely inside of your church but once you walk out of the building, you must give up your freedom of speech!
As DeWine stated in his brief, ”Government directives cannot confine religious liberty to the sanctuary or sacristy. Such a truncated view of religion threatens to create a barren public square, empty of the religious beliefs of ordinary Americans. [Religious liberty] is an important principle, and it protects all persons.”
No American should be forced to choose between their faith and their livelihood.