Today was a great victory for owners of family-owned businesses. Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Green and Hahn families; business owners that risked it all for freedom of conscience and religious liberty.
Religious freedom does not end when Americans go into business to provide for themselves, their families and employees. No American should have to choose between their faith and their livelihood.
Congressman J. Randy Forbes, founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, released the statement below. Thank you for praying and for standing for religious freedom, the cornerstone of a free society.
Forbes: Supreme Court Decision Landmark Victory for Religious Freedom
Washington, D.C. – Today, in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the freedom of family business owners to live and work according to their convictions. In response to the Court’s decision, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), issued the following statement:
“Religious freedom is the cornerstone of a free society, and every American—regardless of whether we are religious—should be concerned when the government attempts to restrain free exercise. We live in a country whose laws respect freedom and diversity, and today the Supreme Court affirmed the Constitution’s strong protections for all Americans to live and work by their convictions. Freedom of conscience can include nothing less than the way a person lives all aspects of his or her life. As a nation, our laws must encourage and support, not penalize, citizens who seek to adhere to their moral convictions.”
In an opinion authored by Justice Alito, the Court held that the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill passed by Congress in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support. In today’s opinion, the Court stated, “The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate . . . against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs.”
Congressman Forbes and Senator Blunt led 88 Members of Congress in an amicus curiae brief, supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. Congressman Forbes and Senator Boozman also coauthored an op ed on the mandate in March.