EWTN Granted Injunctive Relief In HHS Mandate
Court of Appeals Acts Following
Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision
Irondale, AL – The
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Atlanta has granted the EWTN Global Catholic Network an injunction preventing
the government from enforcing the HHS contraceptive services mandate against the
Network. The appeals court released its twenty-nine page order just hours after
the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby
Lobby case. The injunction allows EWTN to
continue its court challenge of the mandate without incurring the fines of
$35,000 per day that would have begun on July 1.
“This has been a very good day for religious liberty in America,” said EWTN
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “The Supreme Court
decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a great affirmation of the
constitutional right to freedom of religious expression. While the Hobby
Lobby decision did not directly resolve EWTN’s case, this afternoon’s
injunction from the appellate court allows us to press forward without facing
the government’s crushing fines.
“As we have said repeatedly, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and
voluntary sterilization are not health care and the government should not force
EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan.
“The Hobby Lobby decision recognizes that business owners don’t
give up their religious freedom when they start a business,” continued Warsaw.
“The fact that the Supreme Court believes that the government has an obligation
to use the least restrictive means of accomplishing its goals is very helpful to
the EWTN case. EWTN has raised similar arguments with regard to the government’s
‘accommodation’ scheme for faith-based organizations. We are both relieved and
encouraged by the action taken by the courts today and look forward to making
our case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the coming
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in
over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and
territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services,
AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website
electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest
religious media network in the world.
EWTN Chairman & CEO Michael Warsaw Reacts To
Hobby Lobby Decision
Irondale, AL – Statement
of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global
Catholic Network on June 30, 2014 US Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby
“EWTN is extremely pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision in the
Hobby Lobby case. The fact that the Court believes that the government
has less restrictive means of accomplishing it’s goals is very helpful.
However, it remains unclear whether this decision addresses the serious
objections that EWTN has raised with regard to the government’s “accommodation”
scheme for nonprofit faith-based organizations. We are consulting with our legal
team to determine how this significant decision applies to EWTN and our pending
case before the courts.”
It's funny how most of us are so careful of what we put into our mouths. We know that if we eat high calorie, high fat foods with little to no nutritional value we will gain weight. Worse than that we can become obese and even worse: unhealthy . . . which leads to developing adult onset diabetes, high cholesterol . . . the list goes on.
Question: Why aren't we as concerned about our spiritual health - which is eternal? I can hear the conversation now. Instead of, "No, I'm not eating cake and ice-cream - I'm on a healthy detox diet," we would hear something like "No, I choose NOT watch that violent, explicit film . . . I'm striving for sainthood!"
I'm not a fan of the "brainwashing box" to begin with. But we all like a good movie every now and then! You may be happy to know that there are MANY excellent Christian (non-secular) movies out there. If you'd like to try a few on for size my top recommendations are: Courageous, Fireproof, Seven days in Utopia, The five people you meet in heaven, The mighty macs, Pilgrims Progress, Facing the Giants, The Encounter, Flywheel - and you've probably heard of "The Passion of the Christ" . . . just to name a FEW *wink*wink* Christian movies don't usually have a Hollywood budget (some do) - but I still love them.
I'm a "something-something" year old adult and I'm hear to tell ya . . . if I DO watch a secular movie - it's rated PG or under. Tragically "worldly" content in our present culture includes instances of sexual interactions, full nudity, vulgar language, homosexuality, violence, gore, rape, adultery . . . you get the picture. Not my idea of "entertainment."I love old "Hollywood" films - but I'm cautious with them as well. Evil is insidious - and it's beginnings are evident even in the early cinema where many films have a thread of adultery woven into the plot.
Television is a hot mess too . . . look at music videos - most are nothing more than soft core porn. Media, books, magazines - covers feature scantily clad models on display for all to see! this is how generations are being raised! It's disgraceful and un-Godly. And adults need to be careful too. You ain't gonna walk with God and hold hands with the devil - nuh-uh, no-way. Can't serve two masters.
Our Blessed Lord tells us that when one "lusts with the eye he has already committed adultery." Adultery - either to a spouse - or to a chaste, single life. Unfortunately there are many Christian adults who believe they can watch/look at/read this stuff with a "filter," not allowing it to seep into their mind and spirit. WRONG - It's insidious.
THE ENEMY WANTS YOU TO FALL
Friends . . . the enemy looks for ANY pinhole to stick his claw into to get a foothold on you. You're not outsmarting him. Even the most "holy" can and will fall by thinking "a little," or "some" won't hurt. Would you drink "a little" poison???
Guard your minds my dear friends - and those of your precious offspring. The devil is surely "prowling, seeking whom he can devour." We must be vigilant in ALL things, lest we become spiritually unhealthy . . . leading to spiritual death and eternal perdition.
Finally I leave you with a question - one that I've asked you before:
Would Jesus watch/listen to/read _________? Pray on it. Thank you and God bless.