On March 23, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Zubick v Burwell. This case has several plaintiffs. The issue is the HHS mandate which forces employers to provide health insurance to their employees that includes contraceptives. For those employers with a religious objection to contraception, an “accommodation” is offered. This accommodation allows the employer to opt out of health insurance policies that include abortifacients and contraceptives. Turns out, this accommodation isn’t that easy to get. One of the plaintiffs, The Little Sisters of the Poor, are a bunch of nuns who provide housing and care for indigent elderly all over the world. The Sisters were denied a Religious Exception because they don’t only employ or provide services to Catholics. So you see, according to the government, their religious beliefs do not apply here. The government frowns on groups like these nuns, pushing their religious beliefs onto others! After all, health care is now considered a “right”. And women who are denied contraception coverage in their health policy are being denied full rights. Religious Freedom is also a right. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 ( H.R.1308 - 103rd Congress (1993-1994): Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) Prohibits any agency, department, or official of the United States or any State (the government) from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except that the government may burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person: (1) furthers a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest. The lower court decision deems the Sisters burdensome to governmental interests. They will be fined, tens of millions of dollars per year. If the Supremes decision, due in June, is 4-4, the ruling of the lower court -against the Sisters- will stand. The case can be resubmitted to the Supremes in the future after a new Justice has been installed to replace Antonin Scalia, Catholic, conservative, constitutional originalist, who would have almost certainly voted in the Sisters' favor. The new Justice will have a powerful vote. Will he or she be one of those living breathing constitution types, or one who remembers that the Founders saw our rights as coming from Our Creator. You know, God. Think about it. If rights come from God, man cannot take God given rights away. Those who figure the constitution is an outdated document, its principles unevolved, look to stand in for God. If rights are not from God, that frees up man to stomp all over other men’s rights. If another modern progressive is appointed Justice to the Supreme Court, expect efforts to silence God to ramp up. The Little Sisters of the Poor and the poor they serve, will not be the only casualties.