At least not if you run a business. But you didn't really expect any other outcome, did you?
This week a judge ruled the Christianity-based chain Hobby Lobby could not be exempt from the provision in Obamacare that forces employers to provide birth control in their health plans, including the morning after pill.
In an astonishing ruling the judge said the owners of Hobby Lobby "have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion."
The judge even acknowledge the uncharted legal waters of Obamacare. But without case precedent, he ruled business owners, because they make a profit and have not been "blessed" with the tax-exempt seal of approval by Uncle Sam, don't have a constitutional right to run their business according to religious principles.
Ultimately what the judge and Obamacare say is you cannot freely exercise your religion unless the government apprvoes. So much for the lefty favorite of separation of church and state, huh?
But an even more fundamental point is this effectively and officially throws the first amendment out the window.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." But that's exactly what Obamacare has done! The owners of Hobby Lobby are prohibited by Obamacare from exercising their religion as they see fit as it relates to their business.
But Shane, Obamacare isn't limiting the owners, it's limiting how the business operates! Fine. In that case what the ruling and Obamacare are saying is you don't own your business - the government does. In other words, you didn't build that.