When you enter the commercial realm you can't use religious reasons to violate the law. This was established in US v Lee in 1982 where an Old Amish sued the government for a refund of Social Security taxes he paid on behalf of his employees. The court held that he wasn't obligated to pat these taxes for himself as a self employed carpenter but he was obligated to pay them for his employees even though they themselves were Amish.Hobby Lobby - 1; ObamaKare - 0
Following on yesterday’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Hobby Lobby can continue its lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate on religious grounds, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled today that the federal government must halt all enforcement of the mandate (and related financial penalties) against the Christian-based company.
Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel are suing the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, arguing that to force the company to pay for health insurance that must offer abortion-inducing drugs, as well as sterilization and contraception, is a violation of its religious liberty.
In his order issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said the “court concludes plaintiffs [Hobby Lobby] have made a sufficient showing to warrant the issuance of a temporary restraining order in the circumstances existing here."
"Accordingly, the defendants [Sebelius and HHS], their agents, officers, and employees are temporarily ENJOINED and RESTRAINED from any effort to apply or enforce, as to plaintiffs, the substantive requirements imposed” by the mandate," said the judge's order.
The owners of Hobby Lobby cannot impose their own narrow rules on their employees.
A Hobby Lobby opened up in a local mall and I gave it a walk through and found that there was nothing there I couldn't get in other businesses even in the same mall.