It’s a case of a massive, bullying Goliath government versus a God-fearing David company.
And David just won the first round.
Federal district Judge John J. Kane of Colorado has granted a Christian-owned company a temporary injunction blocking Obamacare’s mandated coverage of sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs from being applied to the private business.
Nonetheless, the Obamacare contraception mandate goes into effect today – a day that’s been dubbed “D-Day for religious freedom in America.”
Hercules Industries of Denver, Colo., a company that manufactures air conditioning products, filed suit against the government in April, arguing Obama’s mandate conflicts with the Christian faith of the business’ owners.
The government fought back, claiming Hercules is not a faith-based organization. It threatened the company, which employs 265 people, with millions of dollars in fines if it refused to comply.
Hercules sought the injunction in federal court and received one July 27.
In a radio interview with WND’s Greg Corombos, Hercules Vice President Andy Newland said, “We realized we had a choice nobody should really have to face. That’s the choice to do business according to our faith, which we think is really important, or pay onerous crippling fines. And nobody, we believe, should be forced to make that decision.”
Newland added, “We believe in providing generous benefits to the employees and operating our business in accordance with our moral beliefs and faith, ultimately, as a recipe for success.”
Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom represents Hercules Industries in court. He said the government mandate on contraception is blatantly unconstitutional, and he expects the case to be watched very closely by the Catholic Church and other challengers to the mandate.
“This case does not involve stopping anybody from doing anything in terms of employees,” Bowman told WND. “What it involves is using Obamacare to impose mandates on families who are just wanting to earn a living, forcing them to violate their faith and to facilitate things that violate their faith simply because they’re Americans who want to have a business and follow their religious values.”
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