Press Release  Religious Liberty

Russell Moore reacts to Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold religious liberty against HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2014Today, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold religious liberty protections for closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialities. The Court ruled that they have the legal right to exercise religious, conscientious objections to covering abortion-inducing contraceptive devices under their employee health insurance plans.

Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission reacts to the decision:

This is an exhilarating victory for religious freedom. The Greens refused to render to Caesar that which did not belong to him and the Supreme Court agreed.

As a Baptist, I am encouraged that our ancestors’ struggle for the First Amendment has been vindicated. This is as close as a Southern Baptist gets to dancing in the streets with joy.

The justices 5-4 decision is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled that family-owned businesses can hold religious views under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief Oct. 21 calling for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby and other family-owned businesses that have conscientious objections to a regulation that requires employers to provide abortion-causing drugs for their workers.

Moore honored the Green Family of Hobby Lobby with the John Leland Religious Liberty Award during his ERLC report to the SBC, June 11, for their heroic efforts in demonstrating a commitment to religious freedom.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy entity with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

– END –

To request an interview with Russell D. Moore

contact Elizabeth Bristow at (615) 782-8409

or by e-mail at [email protected]

Visit our Web site at

Follow us on Twitter at @ERLCPressRoom

Related Content

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Abortion Pill Challenge

Christianity Today

The Supreme Court rejected a bid for more restrictions on the drugs for medication abortions, ruling...

Read More
Supreme Court

Supreme Court hears case on Idaho pro-life law

Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 24 in a case involving...

Read More
abortion pill

Supreme Court hears abortion pill case

Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 26 in...

Read More
Supreme Court Groff v. Dejoy case

ERLC files amicus brief in Supreme Court abortion drug case

Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has filed an amicus brief in an...

Read More

Religious Freedom Restoration Act sees revival of state support

ATLANTA (BP) – Iowa and Utah are the latest states to pass legislation protecting...

Read More

Supreme Court to hear case regarding Idaho abortion ban

Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Supreme Court will rule on a case involving an Idaho law that...

Read More