Texans being Texans, they don’t take too kindly to being told what to do. Especially by the federal government. As a result, at least one Lone Star State lawmaker is – as they say in Texas – fixin’ to do something about ObamaCare and its contraception mandate.
The Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation that would provide state-level tax breaks to companies that object to the contraception mandate. Giddy up!
Republican State Rep. Jonathan Strickland’s bill is designed to protect companies that view the contraception mandate as an attack on their religious beliefs. Many of them believe – correctly – that some forms of contraception, particularly “morning-after” pills, are nothing more than abortion-inducing drugs.
Strickland’s proposal – Texas House Bill 649 – asks that companies opposed to the contraception mandate be exempted from “all taxes levied by the state if they are forced to pay punitive fines related to the ObamaCare contraception mandate.” Strickland:
“It is simply appalling that business owners should have to choose between violating their religious convictions and watching their businesses be strangled by the strong arm of federal mandates and taxation. I intend to do everything I can to help save Hobby Lobby and protect them from our out-of-control federal government.”
Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby became the public face of the dispute after the arts-and-crafts chain announced that it would defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees healthcare coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
Numerous religious nonprofits and corporations across the country have sued the Regime over the contraception mandate. So far, federal courts have provided temporary relief from ObamaCares’s penalties to 9 out of 14 corporations, although the merits of their respective cases are most likely headed to the Supreme Court.
While the final chapter on the contraception mandate is yet to be written, I gotta hand it to Jonathon Strickland and those like him who continue to stand against the Regime in defense of morality and faith-based beliefs.
Besides, Christians aren’t Muslims. Who else but Texans to rally to their cause?