Friday, July 27, 2012

Catholic-Owned Company Gets Injunction For Abortion/Sterilization/Contraception Regs

Despite the fact that this is only a temporary injunction, with the current dark cloud of governmental control hanging over our heads, this is a big win for religious rights.

"The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights.

Hercules Industries, a Denver-based heating ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer that employs nearly 300 full-time workers, got an injunction in federal court which stops enforcement of the controversial ObamaCare mandate. The company's lawyers said they needed the injunction immediately because if the mandate is enforced, it must begin immediately making changes to its health plan, which renews on Nov. 1.

The case is similar to ones brought by Catholic-based colleges that have refused to provide employee insurance with such coverage, except this time, it is a secular corporation.

In his order, Colorado District Judge John Kane said that the government’s arguments “are countered, and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion. "

The case still must be aired out in court, but lawyers representing Hercules savored the temporary victory.

“Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. For the time being, Hercules Industries will be able to do just that,” said Matt Bowman, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the Arizona-based organization representing the Newlands. “The bottom line is that Congress and the Constitution explicitly protect all religious freedom. They don’t exclude family businesses.' "

When private individuals are forced in any way to engage in actions that violate their religious beliefs and effectively make them a party to acts that are contrary to their faith, we have another example of the government wildly overreaching in its authority.

The family that owns Hercules Industries has made a bold and honorable stand. While I am a practicing Catholic, I have not hung back from beating up on my coreligionists - especially those in leadership positions, who fail to uphold the beliefs of the Church. This is not the case in this instance. The Newlands knew that meekly accepting some of the more draconian requirements of Obamcare would be plainly wrong, and they did something about that.

I for one hold that, with the recent SCOTUS Obamcare decision which I term the Roberts decsions, our Republic no longer provides a forum for appeals of laws that violate our rights. I will not try to predict how this case will eventually end, but I am glad to see that there are people who will not take wrongful laws lying down. We have to exhaust every legal means available to us. If we begin to win, great. If not, then we will have a strong legal argument in which not only is a "long train of abuses" clearly discernible, but alongside that will be a comparable list of the legal steps we have taken to redress our grievances. 

Without proof that we have done everything in our power to protect ourselves from the abuses of government, those who seek to reform the nation along Constitutional lines will have a hard time being taken seriously. If the time comes when certain states/regions of the US feel the need to restore to their people the rights and Liberties of Americans, even if doing so means retiring our current Republic and creating a new one, those who make the initial moves will be well-equipped due to the efforts of people like the Newlands.

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