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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
April 1, 2014
American Family Association Asks Why Obamacare Exempts Countless Companies and Unions, but Not Christian Businesses
New Poll on AFA News Service OneNewsNow.com Calls for Americans to Give Their Opinion on This Timely Topic

 Oral arguments in two landmark cases surrounding religious liberties in America, especially as they relate to the freedoms of Christian business owners, began a week ago in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The controversy has created conversations around dinner tables, at the water coolers and in churches, and now American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is asking Americans to weigh in via a poll on its news service, OneNewsNow.com. 

Last Tuesday, attorneys for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties told justices that their clients shouldn’t be required under the Affordable Care Act to provide free insurance coverage for certain birth control or abortion-causing drugs. The two cases have far-reaching implications on religious liberties in America. One major question, however, is why the Obama Administration has exempted countless companies and unions from the Obamacare mandates but won’t make similar considerations for Christian business owners making decisions based on their faith. 

AFA’s online poll focuses on the question, “Why is the Obama administration willing to exempt countless companies and unions from ObamaCare requirements, but not Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood?” with the following options for answers: 

  • To quash free exercise of religion – particularly Christianity 
  • To make not-so-veiled threats to other Christian business owners 
  • To prop up a dwindling pro-abortion mindset in America 
  • To punish those who didn't endorse Obama's re-election campaign 

“The Obama Administration has provided exemption after exemption for companies and unions so they won’t have to buy into the flawed Obamacare mandates,” saidAFA President Tim Wildmon. “But when it comes to Christian-owned companies who are standing their ground based on their constitutionally protected religious freedoms, there is no wiggle room. Instead, they must duke it out in front of the Supreme Court. It’s a case of choosing between the lesser of two evils—facing millions of dollars in fines or providing health care coverage that goes against these business owners’ strongly held convictions. The final alternative is to forego both options and shut down their businesses altogether—and we pray that won’t be the outcome.” 

After the initial Supreme Court testimonies, a representative from the American Center for Law and Justice, Jordan Sekulow, told OneNewsNow that there are legitimate questions as to whether the government respects religious beliefs. “The administration is in that pickle where they’re trying to argue, ‘What are the limits of this power? Are there any limits to this power?’ And it was clear that they don’t see a limit,” he said. 

As of Tuesday, the poll showed 76 percent of respondents answered that the Obama Administration is seeking to stifle the free exercise of religion, particularly Christianity. 

Although not scientific, the poll clearly indicates that people think the administration targets people of faith, as evidenced by its refusal to grant exemptions on the grounds of strongly held religious convictions. 

“This is a spot check of Christian America,” Wildmon said, “and it shows there is strong distrust of the Obama administration.” 

American Family Association offers its friends and supporters several mobile apps through http://action.afa.net/mobile. The AFA Action Alerts app, with breaking news and action alerts, is available for the iPhone and iPad on the Apple App Store, on Google Play and on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The AFR (American Family Radio) app is available for Apple and Android products, and the AFA Action app with, for example, voter information at election time, is available on Apple and Android platforms. 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   

 

 


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