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“Do Business Owners Have Religious Freedom Rights?”

Please join us for Cascade’s monthly Policy Picnic led by Cascade Policy Institute publications director Kathryn Hickok on Wednesday, April 30th, at noon.

Do we give up our 1st Amendment rights when we start a business? The Supreme Court just heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, determining whether individuals lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. At issue is the ObamaCare Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate, which requires David and Barbara Green and their family business to provide and facilitate potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in their health insurance plan, against their religious convictions, or pay severe fines to the IRS. The Obama Administration argues that companies can’t have religious convictions, but other cases have upheld business owners’ 1st Amendment free speech rights. Should free speech be protected but not religious freedom? We’ll talk about the arguments before the Court, which is expected to rule in June.

Admission is free. Please bring your own lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. Space is limited to sixteen guests on a first come, first served basis, so sign up early.

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