Jan 09 2013

Rick Warren on Hobby Lobby – Government Lawsuit

Excerpts from Rick Warren Statement regarding Hobby Lobby’s fight against the current U.S. Administration:

“Every American who loves freedom should shudder at the precedent the government is trying to establish by denying Hobby Lobby the full protection of the First Amendment. …

Freedom to practice your religion is listed before the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and the right to bear arms.  The first American settlers, Pilgrims, came to America for this very reason – seeking the freedom to PRACTICE their religion, which they were denied in Europe. This is the freedom that made America unique from all other nations.

Today, the government has tried to reinterpret the First Amendment  from freedom to PRACTICE your religion, to a more narrow freedom to worship, which would limit your freedom to the hour a week you are at a house of worship.  This is not only a subversion of the Constitution, it is nonsense.  Any religion that cannot be lived out … at home and work,  is nothing but a meaningless ritual…

…I predict that the battle to preserve religious liberty for all,  in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade. If it takes a popular movement to reign in overreaching government, then Hobby Lobby’s courageous stand, in the face of enormous pressure and fines, will likely be considered the Birmingham bus boycott, where good citizens finally got fed up with having their rights trampled on, and decided to challenge those who favor conformity over freedom…”

Full statement here