I believe the judge is wrong on this one….the 1st amendment does apply here as well. Doesn’t matter if they run a “for profit” business, Obamacare violates their religious views, therefore it violates their 1st amendment rights. It appears it just depends on what judge you get that determines the ruling you get. Others have been ruled in favor of their 1st amendment rights. The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights.
PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has rejected the argument of the Mennonite owners of a furniture manufacturing company that the federal healthcare law’s requirement that they pay for employee birth control violates their religious rights.
Judge Mitchell Goldberg refused to grant the injunction sought by the Hahn family, who own Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.
The Hahns cite Mennonite Church teaching that terminating a fertilized embryo “is an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.” They say complying with the contraceptive coverage mandate would violate their religion, and disobeying it would subject them to crippling fines.
Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents plaintiffs in similar cases, says, “The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and business prove that it doesn’t respect either one.”
“Washington politicians can’t confine our faith to the four walls of our churches alone,” continues the attorney. “Honoring God is important every day in all areas of life, including in our work.”
But the judge ruled that the Pennsylvania company does not qualify for an exception as a religious employer, since it’s a for-profit company making a secular product with no formal ties to a church or other religious group.