Delaying ObamaCare: Forcing People to Violate Their Religious Convictions…Later

Stop ObamaCareObamaCare is about as popular as a root canal. I still can’t find one person paying for their own insurance that is excited about it or think it will fix anything. Most people I talk to already despise it, and others are fearful of how it will hurt their current insurance. So the consensus agrees that ObamaCare needs to go.

Even a recent Gallup poll found that more than 50% of adults disapprove of the new healthcare overhaul, with a portion of those being those that are uninsured. You know something has to be bad when the people it was supposedly to help the most don’t even like it.

One of the most unpopular aspects to ObamaCare, the HHS mandate requiring all employees be given access to contraception and abortion drugs at no cost (more accurately at the employers cost), is still just as unpopular today as it was when first presented. The HHS mandate I a clear violation of the religious freedoms and convictions of religious business owners. It has been taken to court and lost nearly every case in court, so much has it been beaten and battered that many speculate it will eventually have to be removed from ObamaCare.

Click here to read about the Family Policy Council’s lawsuit against ObamaCare on behalf of a WV business owner.

In seeking to “accommodate” religious employers, the Obama administration has written and re-written the HHS mandate a number of times. It finally released what it is calling the “final rules” on the HHS mandate not long ago which explains the rules for exemption from the mandate: [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.

Updated: WV Auto Dealer Lawsuit Against ObamaCare

ChevyThe FPCWV has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate within ObamaCare on behalf of a South Charleston auto dealer. Joe Holland Chevy is a family owned and operated business seeking a permanent injunction against the HHS mandate. Below is an updated list of media reports on our ongoing lawsuit.

WV Metro News: “A Kanawha County businessman is seeking a temporary restraining order against the federal government and the Affordable Care Act. Longtime South Charleston car dealer Joey Holland doesn’t believe he should be forced to provide controversial emergency contraceptives to his employees under Obamacare. The lawsuit claims his First Amendment rights have been violated.” Click here for original article.

Updated June 26, 2013:

LifeNews.com: “Today, attorneys from Liberty Institute, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, and Robinson & McElwee, PLLC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a family owned, faith-based car dealership in Charleston, WV, Joe Holland Chevrolet, that is faced with $15,000 in potential fines for each day it does not provide abortion-inducing drugs to its employees.” Click here for original article.

Daily Mail: “Saying it violates his religious beliefs, South Charleston auto dealer Joe Holland is asking a judge to block the federal government from forcing him to include abortion and contraceptive coverage in his company’s health insurance plan. Backed by attorneys from the Texas-based Liberty Institute and Family Policy Council of West Virginia, Holland filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charleston Monday asking the court to exempt him from federal health care provisions he says violate his constitutional rights.” Click here for original article. [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.

Obama Admin Set to Finalize HHS Mandate

LifeSiteNews.com reports: ”The period for Americans to comment on the proposed regulation – which would force employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs to all employees with no co-pay – ended yesterday. The Sunlight Foundation notes that the controversial provision has generated ‘more comments than any other regulatory proposal on any subject government-wide.’ A coalition of supporters, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, says its groups delivered nearly 350,000 messages of support for the mandate.”

Now that the period for public comment is over, we can expect the finalized policy to be revealed soon. The HHS mandate remains one of the most unpopular ever passed, and will no doubt continue to be challenged in court. Americans don’t want to be forced to violate their religious beliefs and certainly the 1st Amendment – among others – ensures we should not be forced to violate our convictions. We will continue to oppose this terrible mandate and its life-ending policies. Click here for original article.

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.

Doctor Says Plan B “Morning After” Pill Can Cause Abortion

Many pro-abortion advocates scoff at the idea that PLan B or, “Morning After” pills can cause abortion. They say this simply isn’t true. But a doctor with Princeton’s Office of Populatoin Research is letting everyone know that they can, in fact, cause abortion. A recent article reports:

“The same month that Germany’s bishops have backed the use of the morning-after pill for rape victims, one of the world’s leading authorities on the drug has said doctors have a duty to inform women that it could prevent a newly-conceived embryo from implanting in the womb, causing an abortion. Dr. James Trussell, Director of Princeton’s Office of Population Research, makes the statement in an academic review on the drug dated February 2013 and co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth G. Raymond. ‘To make an informed choice, women must know that [emergency contraceptive pills] … prevent pregnancy primarily by delaying or inhibiting ovulation and inhibiting fertilization, but may at times inhibit implantation of a fertilized egg in the endometrium…’” When this happen there is no doubt that an abortion has taken place. This is just one of the reasons why Christians nation-wise are fighting the HHS mandate that demands we provide such contraception in insurance plans; because they violate our religious beliefs. Click here for original article.

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.

PA Judge Denies Business Injunction Against HHS Mandate

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has denied a business an injunction against the HHS mandate which forces the business to violate their religious convictions in offering abortifacients in their insurance plans. If you read the court’s ruling carefully, what you understand is that the court admits that abortifacients are offered in insurance plans, that the plaintiffs are religiously opposed to such products, but that their religious freedom an convictions take a back seat to federal and/or corporate policy. A recent article shares the court’s ruling:

“We also find that any burden imposed by the regulations is too attenuated to be considered substantial.  A series of events must first occur before the actual use of an abortifacient would come into play….. Finally, we understand, and have carefully considered the fact that the Hahns may be … more concerned with the burden imposed on their religion by the requirement that they provide insurance coverage that may be used to ‘pay for, facilitate, or otherwise support abortifacient drugs.’ … We respect and fully appreciate this concern, and in no way dispute or denigrate its legitimacy and its effect as a burden upon the Hahns’ religious beliefs. However, a line must be drawn delineating when the burden on a plaintiff’s religious exercise becomes ‘substantial.’  We conclude that, here, that line does not extend to the speculative ‘conduct of third parties with whom plaintiffs have only a commercial relationship.’” In other words, you either choose to be a business owner or you choose to be a person of faith and convictions; but you may not choose to be both. Click here for original article.

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.

Domino’s Pizza Sues Obama Administration Over HHS Mandate

Religions Clause Blog: “Yesterday yet another lawsuit was filed by a closely-held business raising religious objections to the mandate under the Affordable Care Act that requires most health insurance policies to include contraceptive coverage.  The suit was filed by Domino’s Farms Corp. and its sole stockholder, Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, alleging that the mandate violates plaintiffs’ rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments, RFRA and the Administrative Procedure Act.  The complaint (full text) in Domino’s Farms Corp. v. Sebelius, (ED MI, filed 12/14/2012) sets out Monaghan’s strong Catholic beliefs and his involvement with Catholic organizations, and alleges that he and  Domino’s Farms ‘share a common mission of conducting their business operations with integrity and  in compliance with the teachings, mission, and values of the Catholic Church.’ The complaint elaborates: Based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, and  their deeply held  religious beliefs, Plaintiffs do not believe that contraception,  sterilization,  or abortion are properly understood  to constitute medicine, health care, or a means of providing for the well being of persons.   Indeed,  Plaintiffs believe these procedures involve gravely immoral practices, specifically the intentional destruction of innocent human life.” Click here for original article.

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.

Engaging Weekend: Bible Publisher Beats ObamaCare, States Decide Between Federal and States Control of Insurance, Judge Refuses to Order Forced Abortion

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

Bible Publisher Beats Obama Abortion-HHS Mandate in Court

Another major victory for religious freedom was won over the weekend when Tyndale House Publishers, the world’s largest publisher of Bibles, won an injunction against the HHS mandate. LifeNews.com reports: “In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote that ‘the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable…. Christian principles, prayer, and activities are pervasive at Tyndale, and the company’s ownership structure is designed to ensure that it never strays from its faith-oriented mission…The Court has no reason to doubt, moreover, that Tyndale’s religious objection to providing insurance coverage for certain contraceptives reflects the beliefs of Tyndale’s owners. Nor is there any dispute that Tyndale’s primary owner, the Foundation, can ‘exercise religion’ in its own right, given that it is a non-profit religious organization; indeed, the case law is replete with examples of such organizations asserting cognizable free exercise and RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] challenges.’” Click here for original article.

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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.

Does Sandra Fluke Speak for You on Women’s Issues?

I can say that I think Sandra Fluke is out of touch with a majority of women on a number of issues. But I’m a man. So I wonder if she speaks for women on these issues or not. Watch this video and decide for yourself if she speaks for you on issues of health care and “reproductive rights” or if she is the one who is out of touch. Click here for original article. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

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.

Obama and His “Conservative” Health Care Speech

ObamaThe Obama administration doesn’t think it’s “conservative” for a government to tell women what health care choices she should make. Neither do I. For that matter I don’t know many conservatives that believe the government should be telling women what kind of health care choices she should be making. But the difference between me and the president is that I don’t think the government should be paying for contraception, or telling employers what they have to provide in their health insurance plans.

President Obama, in this video, accuses Mitt Romney, Republicans, and conservatives of wanting to tell women what health care choices they should be making. He speaks of contraception, mammograms, and other noble sounding things in an effort to paint his opposition as “extreme.”

He goes on to say that a boss should not be able to control the care a woman gets by refusing to offer contraception in their insurance plans. Because, as he is quick to say, a woman should be the one controlling the care she gets and no one else.

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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.

Kids Need Parental Consent for Tattoos – But Not Contraception or Sterilization!?

The headline is only funny in a very mixed up world where right is wrong and wrong is right. To any person of values with a desire to raise their kids with those same values, the idea that a minor child cannot get a tattoo without parental consent but can get contraception of various kinds or even sterilized without their parent knowing is beyond absurd. It stretches the limits of rational thinking. And yet, through Obamacare, among other misguided laws, this distorted reality that tramples parental rights is precisely the world we find ourselves in today. According to a recent article, Obamacare “‘tramples parental rights’ because it requires them to ‘pay for and sponsor coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and education in favor of the same for their own children…Obamacare will allow children to make the radical choice of sterilization at an age when most can’t make up their mind as to what to wear to school the next day.” This is yet another example of inserting the government where parents ought to be the primary educators and overseers. Not to mention it further promotes, at taxpayer expense, the killing of innocent children through abortion. Click here for original article.

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.