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March 29, 2013 - 12:40 pm

LifeNews has the story.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today granted Hobby Lobby’s petition for a full hearing on its appeal of a judge’s decision requiring the Christian-owned and operated business to comply with the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate.

The appellate court agreed to an en banc hearing and agreed to place Hobby Lobby’s appeal before the entire court rather than the usual three-judge panel. The full court will now consider whether to halt enforcement of the HHS mandate, which forces Hobby Lobby Stores, to provide and pay for emergency contraceptives, such as the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill”, in violation of the religious beliefs of its owners, the Green family.

More at the link.

I believe that, between the ObamaCare mandate and the aftermath of the nationwide legalization of gay marriage and the generally anti-Christian disposition of the hard left that dominates the current regime, we’re entering a time in which the American government will persecute Christians. In fact, through the abortifacient mandate, the state is already engaged in a form of persecution by forcing Christian business owners to violate their consciences, or turn over sufficient property in the form of fines that they could face bankruptcy. That’s the choice they face — do what the state orders you to do though it’s against your faith, or surrender your property and lose your livelihood.

How is that not persecution?

Maybe the Hobby Lobby case can slow things down.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Bryan, thank you for posting this news. I hadn't heard.

The last few years has turned into a period of mourning for me. It really is shocking how much my country has changed (for the worse IMO) in my lifetime. I vascillate between despair/give up and anger/let's fight. What I need to remember is that there is nothing new under the sun. American Christians have enjoyed a couple hundred years of easy living in a culture amenable to our beliefs. That seems to be changing now. The silver lining is that there won't be any more fence-sitting Christians. The fair weather believers will be gone and the Church will be stronger for it.
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What do these abortifactant drugs cost? Is it unreasonable to think they could n be paid for by the woman or girl requesting them?
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Plan B, aka the morning after pill, can be gotten free at some clinics, example: planned parenthood, and costs in the $35-60 range at major pharmacies.
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In fact, through the abortifacient mandate, the state is already engaged in a form of persecution by forcing Christian business owners to violate their consciences, or turn over sufficient property in the form of fines that they could face bankruptcy. That’s the choice they face — do what the state orders you to do though it’s against your faith, or surrender your property and lose your livelihood.

How is that not persecution?
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Thank you very much for putting the question in these terms. I saw the violation of their freedom but I didn't see the "persecution" angle.
And you are right.

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