Congressman Steve Stockman

Representing the 36th District of Texas

Stockman applauds SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby

Jun 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON- The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby, run by religious people, cannot be forced by the government to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.  Essentially, this decision extends the protections of the Religious Freedom of Restoration Act to for-profit corporations, including Hobby Lobby, Mardel, and Conestoga.

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) released the following statement on today’s decision regarding Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

“Today is a great victory for religious freedom in America, which has been severely under attack by the anti-freedom Left and its special interest groups. Clearly, no religious owners of a for-profit, closely-held corporation should be forced by the government to violate their religious beliefs and provide contraceptives to their employees.

“The Left claims this ruling violates women’s freedoms, but it is un-American for the government to get involved in providing contraceptives to employees by coercing religious people to violate their beliefs to do so. It is ironic for the Left to scream no interference in a woman’s decision to obtain contraceptives, but then to argue the government should interfere in that decision to fulfill a supposed ‘inherent’ right to contraceptives.   

“I’m glad today is a great blow to the political Left and the Obama administration.  I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding the fundamental freedoms our Founding Fathers sought to protect and secure in our nation’s founding documents.

“The First Amendment forbids government from adopting laws that force citizens to betray their conscience.  The First Amendment also guarantees individuals the right to freely associate without losing their rights.  You cannot force people to buy you something that violates their beliefs, in this case birth control, simply because you want it.

“A corporation is just like a church or a labor union.  It is a group of individuals associated for a common purpose.  Government cannot discriminate based on the identity of the speaker or nature of the association.

“Civilization is a society in which the rights of the individual trump the whims of the majority. This ruling is a reminder liberals seek to drag us back to Stone Age tribalism in which one can be subjugated to the tribe as a whole. 

“The belief people can be forced to buy you something that violates their beliefs is the height of arrogance, greed, selfishness and brute force.  The Court rejected that tribal belief and upheld the ideas upon which this nation was founded.  You are an individual and no one owns your mind or conscience.”

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