We are on the front lines when it comes to challenging the HHS mandate which requires employers to provide health insurance for employees that include paying for abortion-producing drugs – or face still penalties including significant fines.
To date, we have secured injunctions – putting the mandate on hold – for three clients – all businesses – whose owners believe the mandate violates their religious beliefs.
But there are a few legal challenges where the decision has gone the other way. In the case of Hobby Lobby, one of the nation’s largest arts-and-crafts chains is now facing 1.3 million dollars a day in fines. Here’s the problem. The case hasn’t concluded yet. Hobby Lobby is appealing a decision that refused to put the mandate on hold.
And as I told Bill Hemmer on FOX News this morning, it’s simply wrong for the government to levy and begin collecting fines on an issue that is still being litigated.
The fact is that the HHS mandate ultimately will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. And, until a decision is reached by the nation’s highest court, putting a company at financial risk by implementing crippling fines now is not only wrong, but simply premature.
In the end, I do believe we will prevail in our legal challenges and so will Hobby Lobby. The truth is this mandate violates the constitutionally protected right of free exercise of religion. The litigation continues.
Some very good news to report.
Today we confirmed that a Christian pastor, in custody because of his religious beliefs, has been released from an Iranian prison. You remember the case of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. After spending nearly three years in an Iranian prison, he was released in 2012. But on Christmas day, he was taken into custody again, placed in an Iranian prison.
Now, comes word of his release. That’s encouraging news. But we continue to work for the release of another Christian pastor, Saeed Abedini – an American citizen who remains imprisoned for his faith in one of Iran’s most notoriously brutal and abusive prisons.
Your prayers and support are vital as we continue to stand up for the rights of these Christians who face real persecution because of their beliefs. Stand with us. Find out more about these cases and how you can get involved. Check out this post from my son, Jordan, here.
When word broke over the holidays that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was stepping down, it initially seemed like it was one of those stories where a Cabinet member was stepping down after four years on the job – clearing the way for another appointment for President Obama’s second term.
Sure, there was controversy during her tenure. She mixed it up with the energy industry along with Congressional Republicans and faced criticism for regulating coal and other energy sources. And, of course, there was the Canada-to-Texas Keystone pipeline, which she vehemently opposed.
But none of that is really in the spotlight now.
Instead, the focus is on the EPA Administrator’s communications – her use of email – and reports that she used an alias email – raising significant questions about transparency and violations of federal regulations. The reports triggered a lawsuit which is seeking the release of thousands of EPA emails. And the EPA Inspector General is conducting an audit.
As I told Megyn Kelly on FOX News today, the investigation will turn up the facts, but hiding behind an alias email is just wrong.
What’s going on at the EPA? There are reports that the EPA’s reported use of secret email accounts dates back to the Clinton Administration and then-Administrator Carol Browner.
As you might expect, there’s growing concern in Congress. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is the incoming top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. His biggest concern: that this is not an isolated incident. “I think this email issue clearly spurred Lisa Jackson’s resignation,” Sen. Vitter said in a statement. “But it’s much broader than her. It’s about a culture of hiding an extreme agenda from Americans because it can’t be sustained in public debate. I’ll fight aggressively to end these practices, which I fear are very widespread.”
It’s difficult to believe.
The United States government is poised to give Egypt – and the radical Muslim Brotherhood – 20 of our top fighter jets. The cost: more than $200 million in U.S. taxpayer funds. That’s right, we’re using our tax dollars to provide F-16′s, our most sophisticated warplane, to a Sharia dictatorship.
Unbelievable. The fact is putting these top-of-the-line fighter jets in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood is not only a mistake, but puts Israel, our most important ally in the region, in grave danger. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to wipe Israel off of the map. In just recent weeks, the Muslim Brotherhood sharply criticized Israel, which it does not recognize.
And it issued another warning for Israel: “jihad is obligatory” for Muslims – that from Mohammed Badie, head of the Muslim Brotherhood. Equally troubling, the Egyptian government also backs Hamas, which seeks the destruction of Israel.
It’s time to take action. We’ve launched a national petition – demanding that President Obama and Congress suspend all aid to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. All support must be cut off until Congress can certify that such aid supports U.S. national security and the security of the Israeli people. Add your name to our Petition to Stop Funding Egypt & Defend Israel.
Keep U.S. warplanes out of the hands of this Sharia dictatorship.