The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in the first freedom. I’m sorry it was necessary, but it was—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs.

The High Court’s Ruling

The ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our “first freedom.” The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, has been called “the cornerstone of the American experiment” because it is from our religious freedom all of our other freedoms flow.

You can read the PDF of the Court’s decision here.

Here is a bit from the SCOTUS Blog:

This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates, that is for blood transfusions or vaccinations, necessarily fail if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs.

Read the article.