by Dr. D ~ January 3rd, 2013
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The battle against the HHS contraceptives and abortifacients mandate continues. In this case Domino’s received an injunction until their case is resolved.
From the Christian Post:
A district court judge gave the founder of Domino’s Pizza a last minute injunction from having to provide the abortion pill in accordance with the controversial preventive services mandate.
Thomas Monaghan, who presently oversees the Domino’s Farms Corporation of Michigan, was granted an injunction on Sunday by Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division.
"The harm of delaying the implementation of a statute that may later be deemed constitutional is outweighed by the risk of substantially burdening the free exercise of religion," wrote Zatkoff.
"Moreover, the harm of carving out, at least temporarily, an additional exemption for an organization with less than 100 employees can hardly be considered a significant or ‘irreparable’ harm to the Government."
Monaghan filed suit against the government over the HHS mandate in December. Monaghan and Domino’s Farms are represented by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC).
Response: In this case, the judge rightfully deemed ‘the free exercise of religion’ as outweighing the government’s interest in forcing an implementation of the HHS mandate before its constitutionality has been fully adjudicated.
Unfortunately in a similar case for the Hobby Lobby a judge refused to grant an injunction and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an exemption so now the owners of that company have declared that they will defy the mandate regardless and risk receiving fines for non-compliance.
2013 should be an interesting year when it comes to religious liberty and the Constitution. Will the Supreme Court take up the HHS cases and resolve this issue this year? Hopefully so and hopefully the first amendment rights to religious conscience and freedoms are fully upheld both for institutions and for individuals.
The battle against the mandate evolves around religious institutions which naturally should be granted relief from the mandate but whether the court will extend first amendment privileges to companies and private citizens also is a real question that seems to be in doubt. It is a year that could see our religious liberties in the USA forever changed and restricted if the Obama administration gets their way. *Top