Terry Jeffrey

The question here: Can the administration force the Green family -- who own Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores -- to act against their Christian faith.

Under Obamacare, the administration has issued a regulation that requires almost all health care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives. The latter includes both abortion-inducing drugs and intrauterine devices.

"The Green family's religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training other to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices," said the Green's originally court complaint filed in 2012.

"The mandate illegally and unconstitutionally coerces the Green family to violate their deeply-held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits," said the Greens.

Our government has now taken this Christian family all the way to the Supreme Court. The administration is not arguing in court that its regulation does not force the Greens to act against their faith. The administration is arguing that the Greens lost their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion when they formed a corporation to conduct business.

Nonetheless, the administration is also intent on enforcing the same regulation on individual Americans -- who own no corporation -- but who believe the mandate to buy and provide insurance that covers abortifacients forces them to violate their moral or religious beliefs.

If the U.S. government can seize the power to force Christians to act against their consciences, what power can it be denied?

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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