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Court rules against Michigan company in HHS mandate case

Catholic World News - September 16, 2013

A federal district court judge has refused to grant an injunction that would have blocked enforcement of the HHS mandate against the M.K. Chambers Company, a Michigan machining company wholly owned by two Catholics.

“The Court takes as true, Plaintiffs’ deeply held religious beliefs,” ruled Judge Denise Page Hood, a Clinton appointee. “However, courts have held that the Mandate in question applies only to the corporate entity, not to its officers or owners, and that as to the individual owners, any burden imposed on them individually by the contraception mandate is remote and too attenuated to be considered substantial for purposes of the RFRA” [Religious Freedom Restoration Act].

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2013 7:06 PM ET USA

    I wonder if, in the event the owners of refused to pay the taxes owed by the business, the court would recognize the same "attenuation" and grant the owners immunity from prosecution.

  • Posted by: rpp - Sep. 16, 2013 5:49 PM ET USA

    This ruling is based on the fiction that companies are not owned and operated by people. This is one of the arguments socialists, progressives and other leftists use to separate religious belief from people.

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