President Obama Claims: “We Stand for Religious Freedom”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2012   |   10:59AM   |   Washington, DC

During his weekly address on Saturday, President Barack Obama made a comment that will surely have pro-life Americans rolling their eyes.

While the Obama administration faces multiple lawsuits from Catholic and evangelical organizations, businesses and colleges over the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, which forces them to pay for and refer women for drugs that cause abortions, Obama claims his administration supports religious freedom.

“I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths,” Obama said. “We stand for religious freedom.”

The comment was made in the context of a response to the multiple attacks on U.S. embassies across the world, but the irony is not lost on Catholic voters and evangelicals upset by the pro-abortion mandate.

Just this past week, the Christian crafting store company Hobby Lobby filed  a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate that forces religious employers to pay heavy fines for not funding abortion-causing drugs and birth control for employees.

The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the business says it is opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate, which it says forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to 1.3 million dollars per day.



“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”