A note from President Dr. Everett Piper:

All Oklahomans, indeed all Americans, owe David and Barbara Green our gratitude.

The First Amendment is unequivocal: “Congress shall make no law… prohibiting the free exercise of religion.” Who can dispute that questions of sexual behavior are religious in nature and that a given religion’s adherents are, and always have been, obligated to a specific moral code of conduct? Who can deny that questions of birth control have, likewise, been guided by “religious conclusions” for several millennia? It should embolden all people of all faiths (and even those of no faith) to have the Supreme Court affirm this week that whether you are a Buddhist or Baptist, a Mormon or Methodist, a Calvinist or Catholic or an Atheist or an Anglican that it is none of the government’s business to tell you how to practice your faith. We all owe the Green family a note of thanks for leading in the defense of such Constitutional rights.

Private business owners who believe they are obligated to manage their companies in a manner consistent with their religious convictions should be thankful for the Greens.

Fathers and mothers who believe they are duty-bound to protect the lives of their unborn children should be thankful for the Greens.

Women who are indignant that the government would presume to enter the privacy of their bedrooms and, thereby, take away their choice to pay for or not pay for certain forms of contraception should be thankful for the Greens.

Those who believe in Oklahoma’s Constitution, which clearly affirms, “Perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured… [and] no inhabitant of the State shall ever be molested on account of his or her mode of religious worship…” should be thankful for the Greens.

All who believe the Declaration of Independence and its insistence that we are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights” and that first among these rights is the right to life and liberty should be thankful for the Greens!

All who cherish their God-given right of political, philosophical and theological freedom uncompromised and unmaligned by the State, should be thankful for the Greens.

Implicit to our free republic is the assumption that we are a nation of laws and not of men. Implied also is that “just laws” are grounded in the immutable “laws of Nature and Nature’s God…” and that “unjust laws” are always found in the arbitrary and capricious maneuvers of those with political power. All of us, regardless of our race, religion, gender, age or vitality should be thankful that the Green family has stood up and fought in our defense. We should be grateful for their conviction. We should thank them for their courage. We should all breathe a sigh of relief that someone has finally stood up and said to the federal government, as in the days of old; “you have no legal or moral authority to force anyone to compromise their faith… We must obey God rather than men…”

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Article also published online at The Daily OklahomanThe Okie Blaze, and the Examiner-Enterprise.

Dr. Piper’s note is in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby this week.

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