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Hobby Lobby Stores To Judge: Obamacare Violates Religious Freedom

Thank you to this courage firm– Hobby Lobby —  for fighting to restore religious freedom, which is trampled by Obamacare.

An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s owners believe the use of morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb. At a federal court hearing Thursday, a government lawyer said the drugs do not cause abortions and that the U.S. has compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them.

The company, which is self-insured, says it will face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if it ignores the law. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton did not rule on the company’s request for an injunction but noted Hobby Lobby’s deadline for compliance.

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Where The Boys Are…And Aren’t

Writing today at carolinajournal.com, North Carolina Education Alliance fellow Kristen Blair weighs in on troubling numbers for young boys, and the lack of concern for their lack of achievement.

New 2012 SAT scores, released weeks ago, unleashed a fusillade of commentary about the state of American achievement. Many hammered the decline in reading performance; others celebrated the largest-ever pool of students to take the SAT. 

Missing from the debate, however, was a close examination of entrenched gender differences among SAT test-takers; such differences offer important and counterintuitive feedback on boys’ achievement. 

Scores defied conventional stereotypes: Boys outperformed girls not just in math, but in reading as well. Boys led by a little (five points) in reading, and a lot (33 points) in math. This year’s reading performance was no statistical fluke; boys have outscored girls in both reading and math for the past 40 years. 

Such stable test-taking supremacy will cause many to conclude that all is well in boy world: that boys rule the honor roll, the Advanced Placement classroom, and the college acceptance letter. But they don’t, not by a long shot. Aside from their SAT prowess, boys trail girls on most in-school academic measures. 

Consider what data collected by the College Board, publisher of the SAT, revealed about college-bound seniors. Girls were much more likely than boys to earn an A+, A, or A- grade point average; boys were overrepresented among students earning Cs, Ds, and Fs. Compared to boys, girls pursued more AP/Honors courses in English, history, science, foreign language, and even mathematics. 

Top honors are going overwhelmingly to girls: 70 percent of high school valedictorians now are female, according to CBS News. And girls comprised 57 percent of 2010 college enrollments, federal data show; this gender imbalance is projected to increase. 

 

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Obamacare Supporter: “the law will create unnecessary costs for working-class Americans”

While perusing the Weekly Standard’s website, I came across a blog that pointed me to a Wall Street Journal piece about the reality of Obamacare, as described in the  WSJ by David Gamage, an assistant professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. His WSJ piece identifies him this way: “During the academic years 2010-12, he worked at the Treasury Department on the implementation of the tax provisions of health-care reform.”

Here is what Gamage, who by the way supports the law, says awaits the American public.

Consider a low-income American supporting a family of four deciding whether to take a part-time job that pays $36,000 a year or a full-time job that pays $42,000 a year. According to my research, accepting the higher-paying job could result in the family losing over $10,000 a year in health-care subsidies.

Moreover, by switching low-income employees to part-time positions, rather than offering them health insurance, an employer will be able to save over $3,000 a year by avoiding ObamaCare’s employer-mandate penalties. Without further reforms, many employers and employees will jointly benefit if employers make low-income employees part-timers rather than offering them health insurance. The losers will be taxpayers, who will need to fund the subsidies that these employees will be eligible for.

We should not be surprised. Reformers have pointed this out time and time again. Now, unless this monstrosity is repealed, the scenario above is just one of the many consequences we will be forced by government to endure.

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Even At NC State, Faculty Views Are Very Liberal And Secular

The Technician reports on the Pack Poll survey of NC State students and faculty. It’s the last two paragraphs that are fascinating. The data shows — again — the liberal tilt of academia, even at NC State, an institution I’ve often heard described as  more moderate than a typical UNC System campus. And clearly, NC State faculty members are out of touch with their students.

The survey indicates that N.C. State students support the Bible, with 34 percent saying the Bible is the actual word of God. Forty-one percent think it is the inspired word of God, and 26 percent believe it is an “ancient book of fables.” 

The Pack Poll surveyed faculty members as well, and there were some notable differences, with 79 percent of the faculty in approval of the way Obama is handling his job in office (as opposed to 50 percent of students). Seventy-six percent of the faculty thinks the country is headed in the right direction (compared to 44 percent of students); only 18 percent support McCrory, as opposed to 68 percent supporting Dalton; and 57 percent think the Bible is an “ancient book of fables,” with only 5 percent saying the Bible is the actual word of God.

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