Hobby Lobby Victory and Celebrating Freedom!

Jul 2, 2014
Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Religious Liberty

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court released its historic decision in the Hobby Lobby case opposing Obamacare’s HHS mandate (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc). In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the religious liberty and conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child. Relying on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the court found the HHS Mandate substantially burdened the exercise of religion of the Hobby Lobby owners and their companies in an overly restrictive manner.

Texas Values president and attorney Jonathan Saenz released the following statement praising the decision: “This is a historic victory for religious freedom and it breathes restored life into the First Amendment. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom, protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. President Obama’s HHS Mandate empowers the government to force private business owners to violate their religious beliefs as a price of doing business and the high court rightly struck this down.” Read more.

Celebrating Our Independence Day!

On Friday, we celebrate America’s independence. 238 years ago our Founding Fathers declared our independence from the tyranny of Great Britain and adopted one of the most significant documents ever written – the Declaration of Independence. We still hold to the God-given truths that were declared nearly two and half centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We hope you and your family have a blessed and enjoyable 4th of July as we celebrate our independence. We encourage you to celebrate our shared values of faith, family, and freedom, remembering that we must always be diligent in ensuring that future generations enjoy the same freedoms that God has bestowed upon us. God Bless America!

Jim Daly’s “The Good Dad”

We want to bring to your attention a new book by Focus on the Family president, Jim Daly. The book is called “The Good Dad” and Jim Daly draws from his own childhood experiences and his current role as a father, to encourage other men to become the father they were meant to be. Texas Values is the state Family Policy Council associated with Focus on the Family and we are proud to support this new book. Find out more.

Update on TXDOT Ten Commandment Ban

One person standing up for their religious liberty and free speech rights can make a difference! TXDOT has admitted that their ban of a Ten Commandments sign on Hemphill, TX resident Jeanette Golden’s private property  is “problematic constitutionally” after our friends at Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to TXDOT explaining that the ban violates Mrs. Golden’s right to freedom of religious expression. TXDOT is considering a new rule that should allow the Ten Commandments sign to stay. Read more.

 

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