Faith charities eye Justice Kennedy in Obamacare birth control fight

by Tom Howell Jr.  |  published on March 22, 2016

When faith-based charities come to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, they will once again be aiming their arguments squarely at Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, hoping to convince him that they deserve the same carve-out from Obamacare’s birth control rules that actual houses of worship enjoy.

Justice Kennedy was the key vote two years ago, when he joined four other Republican-appointed justices in holding that family-owned corporations that had religious objections couldn’t be forced to pay for their employees’ contraceptive health care coverage.

In a four-page opinion, he said the government had to offer a workaround so employees could get contraceptives without the costs landing on businesses.

Now, six years to the day after Obamacare became law, religiously affiliated charities are asking him to go further, saying the workaround he laid out for businesses isn’t good enough for nonprofits.

“I think there are some plausible and rational ways to approach this that would appeal to Kennedy,” said Robert Muise, senior counsel at the American Freedom Law Center and attorney for Priests for Life, a pro-life ministry that has sued the administration.

  • teriquajones

    I believe that Barack Obama knowingly included birth control in his new insurance as another insult to Christians. We are taught that sex is something that should only occur between a married man and woman.

    • Myrtle Linder

      Taught that by our maker, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, Romans 1:26-27 and Jude 7. Obama does not follow OUR GOD!

  • AKLady

    Judge not, least thee be judged — and foind wanting.
    .
    Namely mind your own busiess.

    • Myrtle Linder

      Same chapter Matthew 7:2, 12-20
      2. (fair judgment, unfair judgment) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,it shall be meted to you again.
      11. If ye then, being evil; know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your FATHER, which is in heaven give good gifts to them that ask HIM?
      12.Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even sot o them: for this is the law and the prophets.
      13. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.
      14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
      15. Beware of the false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
      16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns,or figs of thistles
      17. Even so very good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree, bringeth forth evil fruit.
      18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
      19. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

      20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
      21. Not every one that saith unto me, LORD, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my FATHER which is in heaven.

      • The Redhawk

        AMEN

      • AKLady

        You missed the most important part:
        For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you again.
        You are a religious bigot.

        • Myrtle Linder

          Why do you think that I am a religious bigot, because I don’t agree with you???

          • AKLady

            Because you have so proved with your words — over and over again.

          • Myrtle Linder

            I do not force you to read it and become offended. If I stand for the truths that you oppose, makes me a bigot, I am a bigot. My mommy told me not to allow anyone to stop me from telling the truth, if needed more that once, then more that once. The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY created it all and HIS work deserves mentioning. That is the only thing that will last forever along with HIM and HIS SON. If speaking of it makes me a bigot, then I am a big time bigot, and honored to be, as the truth is need more today than ever before.

          • AKLady

            Have r easpect for the beliefs of others.
            Your idea of forced feeding turns people away.
            .
            People such as yourself dive people away from Christianity.

          • Myrtle Linder

            Who forced you to eat, I mean read it. That was and a NO, NO, for shame, whoever it was but you should have a little guts and not read, what you don’t like, so part of the blame was yours!!! If I don’t like, I don’t read and then gripe, I pass it by unless it is address directly to me and then not always!! Person is not people!!

          • AKLady

            Typical Christian.
            I’ve yet to meet one who can take responsibility for their actions.

          • teriquajones

            I’ve been following this conversation and the only adverse actions that Myrtle Linder is responsible for is..
            Casting her pearls before swine.

          • AKLady

            Save your insults for someone you can impress.
            I am not one of them.

          • Myrtle Linder

            I plead guilty, but find it hard to give up, even when I can see no hope. Thanks for your faith, it is so refreshing, when you begin to feel beat down!!

    • The Redhawk

      AND BOY would that BE a Kick in the A_S for Progressive ATHEISTS if Kennedy rules against the
      ANARCHST POH
      P-arty
      O-f
      H-ypocrites baby kilers

      • AKLady

        Why do you bekieve you have the right to impose your religious beliefs upon others?

        • The Redhawk

          LOOK in a mirror and ask that Question… and then May be you realize that your Opinions are worthless….Nobody is out to undermine your religious opinions. You are always Jabbering on RELIGION …..

          • AKLady

            You are the one leveling religious based insults.

          • The Redhawk

            being an ATHEIST is NEITHER a RELIGION since it Denotes ” NO RELIGION”…..WAKE UP and change your Soiled ‘ DEPENDS”

          • AKLady

            Grow up.
            Childish insults do not inpress anyone.

          • The Redhawk

            Go hide in an OUTHOUSE!

          • AKLady

            No thank you. I really o not care to associate with you that closely.

        • Myrtle Linder

          The same GOD made you that made the rest of us, if you accept this truth or not is not a world changing situation, GOD has many disciples but would accept you, too if you will accept HIM and HIS SON JESUS CHRIST!!’ GOD gives each of us the right to believe as we wish and we will be rewarded accordingly by GOD with no help from mankind!! It is up to HIM alone!!

          Acts 16:31 Believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shalt be saved and thy house!!’

          • AKLady

            There are hundreds, if not thosands of gods. You have chosen one to honor.

            Unlike other religions, Christians feel free to impose their beliefs on others, as you are doing above.

          • Myrtle Linder

            If you don’t support your god, he is not your god. I will support mine the” LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST!!” Your are welcome to share mine; BUT that is your choice!!!

          • AKLady

            Don’t shove your god in my face, I’ll provide you with the same respect.
            Does that make it more understandable for you?

          • Myrtle Linder

            My Savior JESUS CHRIST died on that cross for you, too, HE wants you with HIM and our FATHER in heaven.

          • AKLady

            Don’t shove your god in my face,.
            I’ll provide you with the same respect.

            Does that make it more understandable for you?

          • teriquajones

            I don’t believe you have the capacity to respect anyone.

          • AKLady

            Respect is something that must be earned.

          • teriquajones

            There is only one God. He is the Lord God, Father of Jesus. I have never “imposed” my religion on anyone. But lately, I have been forced to defend it a lot..
            Therein lies your misunderstanding! If you post hate-filled comments about Christians and our beliefs, we will stand up for God.

          • AKLady

            Respect the beliefs of others.
            Following their beliefs is not a requirement.

            “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a very good incentive, never has been.

            Attacking somepne’s beliefs only causes them to feel the necessity to defend them.

          • AKLady

            Child, I was raised Christian.
            My disrespect for the Christian in name only has been acquired from years of experience.
            I hold no misunderstanding, none, whatsoever.
            One of the most CHristian pesons I have ever known was my former business partner. He qas a Hindu.
            When you figure that one out, come back and talk to me about Christianity. You don’t know the meaning of the word.

          • Myrtle Linder

            You got that right! I am attacked regularly for my Christian posts, I will not fold!!! It i good to find other Christians who willing to stand!!

        • teriquajones

          Actually that is exactly what Obama care is doing to the Christians.

          • AKLady

            You are very confused.
            No one is forcing you to buy or use birthcontrol.

            Christians? Only Catholics ban birth control, and the Pope has dropped that ban in the face of an disease epidemic.

            Denying someone the ability to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is anything buy Christian.

            Burdening the world with, uet more, unwanted Children is anything but Christian.

            Do’t bother with the “just say no” garabge, because that it what it is — garbage. Women are raped by their spoises every day. Very few jurisdictions recognize spousal rape as a crime.

    • teriquajones

      Your comment only makes sense if it was directed at Barack Obama. He has interfered in Christian beliefs by demanding we all carry and pay for insurance which includes birth control. We don’t use it; we should not pay for it.

      • AKLady

        No one is forcing you to buy birth control.
        No one is forcing you to use birth control.

        On the other hand, you have been prevented from dfenying birth control coverage to other people.

        You have also been prevented from forcing a woman being given hormone treatment from having to release her entire emdical record to an insurance company.

        You have also been prevented from having to pay higher taxes to support children resulting from unwanted pregnancy.

        You have also been provided the opportunity to prevent abortions.

        There is always other ways of looking at issues.
        You choose to dwell on only the negative.

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