The impact of today's Hobby Lobby decision will be felt not just in the legal world, but in the political and cultural arenas as well, where religious liberty has come under increasing attack in the last few years when it stands in the way of progressive social causes, including same-sex marriage. The decision is also a legal setback for Obama’s proclaimed strategy of focusing on aggressive, unilateral executive branch actions – rather than working with Congress.
At the Supreme Court today, not a single Justice could find a reason to uphold one of the prime examples of Obama’s overreach: his attempt to expand, beyond credulity, the President’s power to make recess appointments – by declaring that he, rather than the Senate, should determine when a recess occurs.
Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBAL) scored a victory at the Supreme Court today in a case that arose when SBAL announced plans to put up billboards criticizing Congressman Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), for his vote on “taxpayer-funded abortion” (ObamaCare), during his 2010 reelection campaign. Driehaus filed a complaint under an Ohio law making it a crime to “make a false statement concerning the voting record of a candidate or public official” during a campaign.
Today, in a letter to senators (see below), a coalition of about fifty nonprofit leaders, religious leaders and academics urged opposition to the confirmation of First Circuit nominee David Barron. The coalition was organized by the Committee for Justice (CFJ) and the Judicial Action Group (JAG).
At Breitbart.com, Committee for Justice president Curt Levey responds to Adam Liptak’s New York Times article, "Sotomayor Finds Her Voice Among Justices." Liptak’s article celebrates the “wise Latina” / empathy-based judicial philosophy advocated by Justice Sotomayor and President Obama. Levey reminds us why that philosophy “is the antithesis of the rule of law and a violation of the oath that every federal judge takes.”