By Micaiah Bilger
David Green knows first-hand how much Americans’ religious freedoms are in jeopardy.
In 2014, the Christian CEO of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby was forced to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to find relief from the Obamacare HHS Mandate, which required him to pay for abortion-causing drugs and devices in his employee health insurance plans.
Green wrote a column published in USA Today on Thursday explaining why Donald Trump “is our only hope” for the future of religious freedom. He pointed out how so much is at stake involving the U.S. Supreme Court. The next president could have the opportunity to nominate up to four justices and sway the court’s decisions for years to come.
Green wrote, “… Donald Trump has been steadfast in expressing his commitment to uphold the Constitution, and his list of possible Supreme Court nominees inspires confidence that there is hope in my future — and in my grandchildren’s future — for a country that will value those most fundamental rights.”
However, that power in the hands of pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton could bring an end to religious freedom in the U.S., Green wrote. His own religious freedoms were protected by a narrow majority two years ago.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in 2014, but it’s frightening to think that we — and all Americans — were just one judge away from losing our religious freedom.
Make no mistake, the vacancy left by Justice Scalia and the subsequent appointment to fill his seat makes this presidential election one of the most significant in modern times. During a 2015 speech at the Women in the World Summit, Hillary Clinton declared that religious beliefs “have to be changed.”
What I fear she really means is that the beliefs of people of faith across our nation will be discounted, and those people will be forced to violate their conscience under her presidency — a philosophy that would be carried out by anyone she nominates for the Supreme Court.
… Clinton has made no secret she believes government interests supersede the protection of religious liberty.Article continues here
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