In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force Christian-owned businesses Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to its employees. Hobby Lobby claimed that the Affordable Care Act infringed on its religious liberty. A 5-4 majority of the high court agreed.
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, released a statement Monday following the Supreme Court’s ruling. He later published an essay expanding on his statement on his website, www.AlbertMohler.com.
"This is a major victory for religious liberty and Christian conscience. It is not only a victory for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, but for the American people — especially as the key insight of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been so clearly confirmed," Mohler said.
"The major issue in this was and is religious liberty as today's decision makes very clear. The debate over contraception will continue, but the debate over religious liberty has been significantly strengthened and clarified by this landmark Supreme Court ruling."