Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction by Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company, to shield the company from the controversial contraceptive mandate. In a previous case Sotomayor ruled for a Muslim inmate who was denied Ramadan meals.
While Obama's Justice Department has set a record for the number of cases it filed on behalf of Muslims, particularly in defense of the discriminatory Hijab, the same administration has not only failed to stand up for religious freedom of Christians, it has actually taken the lead in attacking the religious freedom of Christians.
The Supreme Court denied a request by Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company, to shield the company from the controversial contraceptive mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate. Hobby Lobby could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day if they do not comply to the Obama mandate.
And Hobby Lobby has indeed announced that they will not comply with the mandate.
Yet, as Laura Ingraham pointed out, in a previous case Sotomayor ruled for a Muslim inmate who was denied Ramadan meals. In Ford v. McGinnis, 352 F.3d 582 (2d Cir. 2003), Sotomayor wrote an opinion that reversed a district court decision holding that a Muslim inmate’s First Amendment rights had not been violated because the holiday feast that he was denied was not a mandatory one in Islam. Sotomayor held that the inmate’s First Amendment’s rights were violated because the feast was subjectively important to the inmate’s practice of Islam.
Forcing Catholics to violate their religion is unimportant, but allowing a Muslim to maintain an optional practice is.
This is what religious freedom in America looks like under Barack Hussein Obama.