SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to Honor Hobby Lobby’s Green Family With 2014 John Leland Religious Liberty Award

Steve and Jackie Green
Steve and Jackie Green

Southern Baptists will honor the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby next week in Baltimore for refusing to pay for employee insurance coverage for birth control methods as required by Obamacare.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, will present the 2014 John Leland Religious Liberty Award during his report to the SBC June 11 to Steve and Jackie Green, according to an announcement on the ERLC website.

Moore said the Greens, who attend Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Okla., will be honored for demonstrating a commitment to religious freedom “against a federal government demanding that they, along with countless other for-profit businesses, provide insurance for services that violate their core religious convictions.”

Lawyers for Hobby Lobby argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in March against a portion of the Affordable Care Act that allows women free access to 20 forms of birth control approved by the FDA.

The Greens, well-known for arranging their business around religious values including not opening stores on Sunday, contend that some of those methods, such as IUDs and “morning-after” birth-control pills, are not truly contraceptives but cause an early abortion by preventing a fertilized ovum from attaching to the womb.

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
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