Mennonite Owned Company Denied Religious Exemption from Contraception Mandate

I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but I’ll say it again.  When companies owned by Catholics file suit against having to comply with the contraception mandate, they win religious exemption status.  When companies owned by Protestants file suit, they are denied religious exemption status, often meeting the same criteria as the companies owned by Catholics.

In the latest case, the owners of the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., the Hahn Family, filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that the contraception mandate required them to violate their faith. The owners of the furniture company are Mennonites, and they cited the teachings of the Mennonite Church in their arguments before a federal judge, saying that to comply with the law:

“Is an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.”

You would think if any company owned by a family of Mennonites would certainly qualify for the religious exemption. However federal judge Mitchell Goldberg didn't see it that way. In his ruling Goldberg said that since the company is a for-profit company producing a secular product, and having no direct ties to a church, that they do not qualify for the religious exemption.

Yet Hercules Industries, an HVAC company owned by a family of Catholics with no direct ties to the church, were granted an injunction from having to comply with the contraception mandate.  Likewise, the Weingartz Supple Company, another company owned by a family of Catholics, with no direct ties to the church, was also granted an injunction to prevent them from complying with the contraception mandate. The company, Triune Health Group based in Chicago and owned by Catholics also received the same decision from the court as the others.

The Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp will join the ranks of other companies owned by Protestants such as Hobby Lobby that have been denied the same exemption granted to the Catholic owned companies.  What’s more confusing is why the School of the Ozarks, which is a Protestant college which does have church affiliations, was also denied the exemption on the grounds of not being religious enough.

Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom is representing plaintiffs in similar cases, commented on the judge’s ruling in this case saying:

“The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and business prove that it doesn’t respect either one. Washington politicians can’t confine our faith to the four walls of our churches alone. Honoring God is important every day in all areas of life, including in our work.”

There is definitely a double standard being displayed by the judicial system.  Eventually, all of these cases are going to end up on the steps of the Supreme Court to decide.  I wonder how many Catholics and how many Protestants are on the big bench in DC?



29 thoughts on “Mennonite Owned Company Denied Religious Exemption from Contraception Mandate

  1. If you are a Christian, your are a target.

  2. There is a misunderstanding here. Corporations don't have rights. They have priviledges given by the state. In the eyes of the courts Corporations are seperate persons from the humans who control them. Humans have rights given by God that cannot be voided. Corporations have agreed by contract to obey all policies passed by the state. The corporations agreed to it closed. If you don't like it, change the law/policy or unincorporate and trade as an individual. The legal reality is black and white, but the masses are told something different, and the masses are to lazy to check it out for themselves, so Christians, especially, get entangled in things they shouldn't.

    • Hello Troll. Fact is, you may be correct in part. However, the Supreme Court ALREADY RULED that corporations have the same rights as we people do. Case in point, the "freedom of speech". IF a corporation has a "freedom of speech" (such as lobbying), then they ALSO have ALL OF THE OTHER RIGHTS. You cannot have "some" rights. As SOON as they ruled that corporations could SPEAK, they opened the flood gates and you will NOT get that water back behind the dam.

    • Typical liberal, statist comment.

  3. Since
    ObamaCare is not supported by the Constitution of the United States of America I
    strongly believe if all businesses ignore it and stand together to bring the
    Constitution to the place it belongs this illegal administration and it's
    communist agenda can go to hell, where it came from. The fraud of a President,
    whose father was a British Subject and mother a teenager who gave birth in Kenya
    (eligibility requires both parents to be United States citizens. Obama's college
    was paid via a Foreign Student program as a citizen of Indonesia. Why are we
    letting a foreigner occupy the White House and dictate to the real citizens of
    the United States of America on how we are to live while trampling our
    Constitution. Where are the representatives that We The People elected to
    represent us and swore to protect the Constitution. If the aren't capable they
    need to be removed immediately. I do not understand why none of our
    representatives have either challenged this impostor or presented proof that he
    is who he claims to be. Why are we letting these days pass without 100% proof.
    It is the rights of every legal United States citizen to know who their
    President is and every person that has failed to protect our country should be
    made accountable.

    • Obama has got to go! Come on Congress, you pansies. Either impeach him or arrest him for murder in the Benghazi fiasco and Fast and Furious.

  4. Our Government has only allowed individual companies to be excused, because their main goal is to turn religious people against each other. The oldest method in the world, Divide and Conquer. We need to Unite and support all God believing religions in "Jesus" name.

  5. more examples of Catholic favoritism over those who are Christians but not catholic.

    • Grow up.

      • what would you call it pshea ? Several cases where Catholic owned businesses were given religious exemption but protestant and non-catholics denied . Those denied were owned by religious and people of faith but they were not catholic owners. The courts including the . Supreme Court of The United States, are loaded with Roman Catholics. . Wise up !!!

        • Gilbert, first off, what was the religious affiliation of the presidents who appointed the Catholic Justices? Secondly, the Catholic owners of the few businesses were granted injunctions, not a clear and absolute ruling. Secondly, you have to consider the statistical odds. How many Catholic owners have filed suites compared to the number of Protestant-owned businesses? Third, the Protestant leadership on this issue is virtually non-existent and silent. There are several hundred Catholic institutions which have filed lawsuits against Obamacare and have not seen the inside of a courtroom. I re-iterate, David Jolly is painting a distorted picture of reality and attempting to make this a Catholic v. Protestant issue. Shame on David Jolly! David Jolly should be encouraging unification on this issue rather than offering a divisive commentary. Fourth, the Catholic Church leadership in the US has been very outspoken and supportive of Hobby Lobby's case against obamacare, much more so than any of the Protestant leaders in the US. I suggest we avoid and reject the divisive commentary offered by David Jolly.

        • I do not think your exposed to or listening to the "protestant leadership" , ministries , schools , speakers, authors and businesses that are speaking up and joining this fight . So your not telling the truth about protestants being silent . In fact, that is so far from the truth that I have to call it an intentional LIE . Mike Huckabee has mentioned it about every day on the radio program . Presidents chose judges for federal court positions from a pool of those that have been promoted in position by Roman Catholic schools and heavy handed influence . American presidents who identify themselves as protestant , really don't actually believe in the fundamental tenants of the Biblical Christian faith. I doubt if many did . . Not many have been born-again or evangelical . George W. Bush attempted to nominate a couple born-again Christians but was quickly smacked down by the Senate and liberal media. . I would not call people like Clinton , Carter or Obama as real protestants in the Biblical sense. . That someone would point out an apparent bias as it relates to establishing who has a legitimate claim for being a religions owned business , any hint of that being true should be made known and exposed . All faiths and non faiths will come together in DC this month at the March For Life. . This is the 40th anniversary since the supreme court said that it was ok to murder innocent unborn human life. . I hope and pray over a million come out to march this year to let the world know that it is not ok.

        • Great to hear you're going to the March for Life. It's predicted to be a record turnout.

        • Would be my 4th time. America and the world will not change. "Evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse. " There is only one remedy . " Repentance toward God and faith toward The LORD Jesus Christ " ( Acts 20:21)KJB. { } .One Day The LORD Jesus Christ will be standing on this Earth again and He will be reigning and ruling with a rod of iron. (Zechariah 14:4)KJB. "Even so, come , LORD Jesus " ( Rev. 22:20; I Thess. 4:16,17; I Cor. 15:51,52; Titus 2:13)KJB.

  6. Only Muslims get the religious exemption!

  7. You would think that with so many courts exempting many companies that this would be a precedent.

  8. Why wouldn't the anti-christ who has a Healthcare program named after him, not go after the religious foundations who believe in God.....Just saying!

  9. The Kennedy political dynasty is Catholic. Influence?

    • You can't be serious? The Kennedy's are notorious for snubbing the Catholic Church. You people read a misleading blog by a bigot and run with nonsense when we should be united on this issue.

  10. more divide and conquer tactics
    trying to get the christians up in arms against the christians
    they serve the same GOD follow the sames rules out of the same book UNITE do not be divided

  11. Sorry, but the majority of Catholic businesses & institutions such as colleges that have asked for an exemption have not received one at all. Some of them have been granted an "emergency injunction" so they don't have to pay penalties until their cases are heard by courts. We are all in this together as Christians, so you are helping no one when you try to divide us with false information. David Bacon is correct, "If you are a Christian, your a target." That's because Christians are the largest group of Americans & our beliefs are in direct opposition to the reigning regime's. Let's stay united under God as we fight for our religious liberty.

    • Well stated Sue. David Jolly has agenda other than fighting for religious freedom. His insinuation that Protestants in this country have been discriminated against at the benefit to Catholics is preposterous. His knowledge of American History is either non-existent or extremely skewed.

  12. divide and conquer. The catholic church is big, organized, rich and has its own country. Favor the one with the most ability to fight. They can always go after them later. Do I sound cynical? I don't know what is going on. But I am getting exhausted watching my Constitutional rights. It could be it just looks that way because the Catholics do have more money to fight.

    • More money to fight? Are you suggesting the Vatican is helping to fund the legal battles of the private Catholic-owned businesses?

  13. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Yep, 1 set of laws for the Catholics, then put the screws to the rest of the Christians out there. Then special, special, special exemptions here, there, and everywhere for the Muslims. I tell you if you are a true Christian they already secretly seem to have a target painted on you and anything you touch. This corrupt government is getting more corrupt by the day.

    • Absolutely silly nonsense. Yeah right, because Protestants have a history of being discriminated against by Catholics in this country....How many signs did you see at the turn of the century on businesses that read "no Irish Protestants need apply?"....Oh, and the KKK? Kikes, Koons, Katholics? Do you see how ridiculous you sound?

  14. AmVet: I have been asking the same question since 2008 and I hope you get an answer. So far I have received NONE. The uneducated people that put the Muslim back in our WH should be the ones that prove this Muslim is entitled to have the job he continues to buy. But then, they don't care because he has them all HYPNOTIZED ( EVIDENTLY) because he has LIED from 2007 through 2012 and now in 2013. Either they are just too stupid to know what he is doing or do not care about our UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

  15. You really are beating a dead horse. For every case you can find that got an injunction, I can find you 40 Catholic businesses that didn't. Your attempt to divide Catholic and Protestants on this issue is rather counterproductive and simply misleading.