By now you know that the Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby can refuse to give women health-care required by the Affordable Care Act. What not everyone knows, however, is that it was the legislature that made this decision possible when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (the “RFRA”). Now, this is important, for the following reason: The Hobby Lobby case was not decided on the grounds of anyone’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Here’s the last paragraph of the court’s written opinion:
The contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA. Our decision on that statutory question makes it unnecessary to reach the First Amendment claim…
That’s right. It wasn’t the constitution that gave Hobby Lobby the right to use its religious beliefs to deny care to women, it was a statute. Statutes, as you know, are written by legislators. They can be written by them, and they can be repealed by them. That’s why it is so very important to our personal liberties, including our freedom of choice, to elect legislators who will write statutes our courts can enforce to preserve our freedoms, not take them away.
Our freedom of religion is one of the bedrock principles of American liberty. So is our freedom to make our own choices in the privacy of our own lives, not having them made instead by corporations or our employers. As a legislator, I will find the path that protects those freedoms together, drafting and supporting laws that leave our most personal freedoms intact, alongside laws that will continue to leave it up to us how, or even if, we will worship the Creator.
Hobby Lobby was not a victory for the constitution. As the court said itself, the constitution did not decide the case. A statute did, which means a legislature did.
Please help me do what we almost did last time. Please help me become a voice in the Virginia legislature for the defense of your personal liberty, the very same liberty that has been and continues to be under attack by an anti-person, anti-healthcare majority. We can fight back. Please help me in that fight by donating to my campaign. The next election is just over a year away, but the fight for our freedom needs us now, today, more than ever.