Engaging Weekend: Court Favors Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate Reprieve, Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy, Emergency Motion Filed in California Over Marriage

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Court Favors Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate Reprieve

Hobby Lobby has been fighting the HHS mandate in the courts for quite a while now. The case made national news because it seemed to be the only business of its size being forced to comply with the mandate and not granted an appeal. However, recent events have brought good news as Hobby lobby was given an appeal of its request for an exemption from the mandate based on religious convictions and, while the appeal process takes place it will not have to pay the fines imposed by not complying with the mandate. A recent article explains: “The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s “erroneous” ruling, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, representing the arts-and-crafts store. The appeals court returned the case to the district court instructing it to consider whether to grant Hobby Lobby a preliminary injunction.” It’s absolutely absurd for the government to force any business owner to violate their religious convictions. Every business owner should be allowed to do business according to those convictions without fear of government sanction or penalty. We continue to stand with Hobby Lobby and hope the courts will agree with the belief that religious freedom should always trump government mandate. Click here for original article.

Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: Abortion and Planned Parenthood [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

The Engaging Essentials

DADT Blackmail – The editors at NRO take Sec. Def. Robert Gates to task to effectively blackmailing the Senate into action.  ”Act now” he argues “before a court strikes DADT down.”  The great irony, of course, is that liberals support that reasoning here, but condemn it whenever we suggest the same for supporting a marriage protection amendment.

Of Not Growing Weary of Doing (Public) Good – FRC’s Bob Schwarzwalder has an important reminder for Evangelicals frustrated by the political process.

What Is Marriage? – Matthew Franck summarizes nicely a much longer law review article that urges us to first examine what marriage is before demanding either equality of the institution or enshrining it’s definition in the Constitution.  For the longer article, click here. Incidentally, one of the authors of the law review article is West Virginia’s own Robert P. George.  Kudos.

I Was There – Because of DADT’s consideration in the U.S. Senate this week, the oral arguments before the 9th Circuit over Prop 8 – the constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman in California that 7+ million voters supported –  was nearly lost in the noise.  This is the first of two reports from two men I hold in high regard and am grateful to call them friends.  Here, Jordan Lorence provides an excellent overview of the legal arguments and his thoughts on how the 3-judge panel might rule.

Taking Rights Away? – Aside from being a rabid Yankees fan, Joe Infranco is a great guy and a dear friend.  Also present at the hearing (I saw you on C-Span, Joe), he examines one of the opposition’s fallacious arguments, namely, that Prop 8 takes away a right to same-sex marriage.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.