7/9/2014 1:24:00 PM Court rulings fit spirit of July 4
Karyn Schauf, Barron
This Fourth of July felt pretty special to this American and it was all because of what happened at the beginning of the week. While there are many definitions of freedom I've come to believe just having a choice is freedom. I'm sad to say my choices as an American, as a business owner and as a Christian have been disappearing time and again over recent years. But this week was cause for real celebration. The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees me the ability to freely live out my faith in every area of my life. On July 1, the Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business. Business owners will not be required to violate their faith or pay severe fines to the IRS for not complying with the HHS mandate. I'm grateful Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood were willing to pay the price of representing many like myself to whom it is a violation of our faith to include abortion in the health plans we provide our employees. Then the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in support of free speech when it struck down a 2007 Massachusetts' state law that created a "no-pro-life speech zone" - a 35 foot perimeter around the entrance to abortion clinics. Lastly, actually on June 26, the Supreme Court, also unanimously, struck down President Obama's claim that he can legally avoid Senate confirmation for his nominees when the chamber is idle. In essence, they once again defended the Constitution and the well-thought-out framework our forefathers so painstakingly created protecting our nation from the president's "better ideas." All of this happened in just the span of a week! It is cause for celebration-not only if you happen to take the same stand on these issues that I do, but even if you don't. Because each of these decisions protected your freedoms-your right to have a choice! I'll bet our forefathers breathed a great sigh of relief! - - - -
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
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Randall R. Kniess
Some said that when the Supreme Court released their decisions, one could hear sighs of relief coming from each of the Founding Father's graves.