The current case called Gilardi v. HHS, Judge Brown dismantled the nonsensical liberal claim that the mandate affects only those seeking contraception coverage. She wrote that “[t]he burden on religious exercise occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan.” Since the mandate directly interferes with the owners’ decisions about what to include, the Court held, it infringes on religious liberty. Judge Brown made clear that religious freedom was no small matter: if the business owners “abide by the sacred tenets of their faith,” she wrote, “they would have to pay a penalty of over $14 million … crippling the companies they have spent a lifetime building.”
Judge Brown’s brilliant and convincing decision is a breath of fresh air. And we pray that the Supreme Court will uphold it and make it the law of the land.
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