Last night, radio host Mark Levin discussed yesterday’s US District Court ruling that rejected Hobby Lobby’s request to block part of Obamacare mandate that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
Levin told Judge Tom Heaton to “open the damn Constitution and look at the First Amendment” after Heaton wrote in his 28 page ruling that, “Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.”
“A Federal judge-ABC News - ruled today, listen to this - these are your liberties going to hell - rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. to block part of the new Federal healthcare law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
“Mr. Producer, I’m so out of it. Is there a week-after birth control pill? Did you ever hear of that? Modern technology - always working on ways to kill. Anyway, where was I?
“In a 28 page ruling, US District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the healthcare law that will require it to include contraceptives the company considers objectionable in its health insurance plan. Stick with me.
“The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts supply company, and sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the company’s Christian owners believe use of the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb.
“So now let me read to you the relevant section of the First Amendment, shall I? Because that doesn’t appear in this story, and no surprise there.
“’Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof of religion.’ Let me read that again, I don’t even have my glasses on. ‘Congress shall make now law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.’
“Anything about corporations in there? No.
“Anything about faith-based groups? No. Anything about churches in there? No. It says ‘Congress shall make no law – Congress - Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion’.
“The free exercise of religion by individuals, by organizations, by religious institutions, by corporations: irrelevant.
“Congress shall make no law. Period. And Congress made a law. It’s unconstitutional. You got that, Judge [Heaton]?
“’I can find no cases.’ Really? Well why don’t you open the damn Constitution and look at the First Amendment. Congress shall make no law, got it? Not Congress can make any law it wants that applies to individuals.
“So these people start a business, and now they’re being ordered - ordered- by the federal government to provide health insurance that violates their faith. Or their belief in their faith. What their faith teaches.
“And a judge says, “Hey, you’re not actually a church or a church institution are you?’
“Oh no, I’m what we call a citizen. ‘I’m sorry, the Constitution doesn’t apply to you.’”