DOJ: Family Can't Run Their Business as Catholics

William, Paul and James Newland and their sister, Christine Ketterhagen, who together own Hercules Industries, have no right to conduct their family business in a manner that comports with their Catholic faith.

The federal government can and will compel them to either surrender their business or to engage in activities the Catholic faith teaches are intrinsically immoral.

This is exactly what President Barack Obama’s Justice Department told a U.S. district court in a formal filing last week.

Never before has an administration taken such a bold step to strip Americans of the freedom of conscience — a right for which, over the centuries, many Christian martyrs have laid down their lives, and which our Founding Fathers took great care to protect in a First Amendment that expressly guarantees the free exercise of religion.

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224 comments on “DOJ: Family Can't Run Their Business as Catholics
  1. Jeff Scism says:

    This is EXACTLY what Hitler did.

    • AZ BOB says:

      WOW you were there

      • Just Me says:

        No stupid he can actually read.

      • Patriot says:

        AZ BOB, perhaps you weren’t born then – many were and experienced the horror of Hitler. What is transpiring now is similar – do SOME research-it will help you to grow up.

        • El Love says:

          why are you commenting on this site?. Read some info on Gen. Eisenhower who ordered his troops to take pictures of the atrosities in the concetration camps in Europe, because some day some idiots will try to say it never happened. Just another intelligent Republican who was proven right. And you are just another liberal who will always be proven wrong….. so — maybe you should take this opportunity and many others to keep your mouth shut.

        • MSGT JOHN CORREA says:

          El Love, allow me to add to your comment; U.S. President Harry S. Truman demanded a trial known as “Crime Against Humanity” to insure that the horrific events that took place against humanity will forevermore be placed in the history books.
          USAF (RET)

        • El Love says:

          Yes – Thank you for the addition — I am numbed by the assertions that the holocaust never happened. Our world is changing so quickly (and crazily) and I believe it is at the hands of Islam and those who want to “politially correct it” straight into our lives and culture. Syria will be the final piece and all bad things to come (very quickly now I might add) are going to be from this Syrian crisis.
          Christians will be more and more vilified by our government and Islam, we will be hiding and talking in basements like the Jews did in Nazi Germany.
          Our government led by this purple lipped one is a crime against humanity, sanity and Christianity!

        • MSGT JOHN CORREA says:

          El Love, one of the biggest problem we face in America is the rogue U.S. Representatives who lacks the knowledge of U.S. history and rarely learns from thereof; for example, the failure of them to learn and utilize good old fashion ‘advice.’ If these politicians ever bothered to study American history, they would have learned to stay the hell away from foreign affairs as President George Washington advised in regards to “International Relations” when he said; “Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all… nothing is more essential than permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular Nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded…
          The great rule of conduct for us, in regards to foreign Nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled, with perfect good faith. Here let us stop…
          Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world… Taking care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies…”
          I clearly understood George Washington’s passage, so why were these college educated morons unabe to comprehend the same passage?
          The United Nations (UN) is the most corrupted organization we have ever allowed on our soil. I can’t begin to tell you just how often I had pleaded with President George W. Bush and others to get us out of the corrupted country club of the United Nations (UN).
          USAF (RET)

      • Sparky says says:

        you are pathetic libtard

      • P5Driver says:

        Read history…dolt!

      • maryp912 says:

        Didn’t have to be there. Unlike you liberals, we read. We can actually watch genuine news reel footage (of that time period) and listen to eye witness testimony of what went on. And then, by some miracle….we actually can do research ourselves….and then we become informed. Amazing huh? Sorry, I forgot AZZ Bob you wouldn’t understand that concept……Liberals aren’t happy unless they are told what to eat, when to get up, what to believe and what to think…..and I almost forgot unless they get their freebee gubberment check! Good luck with that…………that gubberment teet is going to run dry sooner than you think…..then what are you sheeple going to do? I guess just jump off that cliff.

        • Your “genuine news reel footage” was mostly straight from the our psycholgical warfare department — ran by Jewish Hollywood screenwriters like Ben Hecht and Jewish Hollywood movie producers like Billy Wilder.

          And a balanced news reel footage would have included a lot more Judeo-Communist atrocities from the Ukraine and Russia.

          Many know of the Holocaust, few know of the Holodomor which preceeded it.

          Many know of the Nazi Concentration camps, few know of the Gulag which preceeded it.

          History is written by the winners and the Jews were without a doubt the winners. They got to make over 250 Holocaust movies, while no one was allowed to make a Holodomor movie about Jewish thug Lazar Kangonovish wiping out 7 million Christians.

        • Phil Cohen says:

          This Jewish CONSERVATIVE patriot veteran will gladly F**K you up. The pissant communist Jews ain’t worth a fiddlers f**K, but make no mistake about this, you nasty little POS hiding behind an anonymous name, there are enough MEN left to deal with crap like you.

        • This Jewish CONSERVATIVE patriot veteran will gladly F**K you up

          EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Thanks Phil for backing up what I said about Jews have an extremely mean streak..

        • Edward53 says:

          Don’t forget to polish your swastika before you go to bed.

        • Sure, if you remember to put away your Hammer and Sickle after each use.

        • YOU don’t have to hide Phil, since YOU run the show.
          But don’t worry your Judeo-Terrorist mind any — I can’t hide on-line. The Judeo-Apartheid elites who run the show certainly know who I am — that’s how they maintain control, by being in the know.

        • Edward53 says:

          Phil, you’ve probably read some of TCS posts on here. He claims that the holocaust never happened (just like his buddy, Achmedinejad in Iran). He’s a big fan of Adolph Hitler, he claims he was misunderstood. He’s one of the reasons why I turned against Ron Paul. TCS is a Paul supporter who hates Israel and the Jews but loves the murderous Palestinians, Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran, just like his beloved Dr. Paul. I’ve been on here trying to tell people what Paul really is so maybe now they will listen.

        • Lying so becomes you Edward.

        • Eric says:

          You are neither correct or a Christian. You are a liar and enslaved to Satan. You are foul, and will fall to your God-forsaken knees before The Great White Throne Judgment and be condemned. Repent thou worker of iniquity.

        • Pope Eric, I confess my sins to you and ask your forgiveness. But first, you have to tell me exactly what sins I am guilty of. Your reply to my post about the true nature of WW2 war footage and the contrast I gave between the Holocaust to the Holodomor left me a little confused about what I was incorrect about? What I was lying about? How I am enslaved to Satan?

      • fliteking says:

        Hey Bob, daddy never called you “Genius”, huh?

        Still sweeping up and emptying waste buckets down at OWS?

        Bet your tired of hearing “Oh bucket boy, I have another load for you”

    • This is EXACTLY what Hitler did.
      No, this is far more like what Stalin did under his Judeo-Communist regime.

  2. GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH;; obama you WILL NOT TELL US WHAT TO DO much longer you Marxist bast66rd.

  3. r says:

    The government has no right to be involved with this business. The DOJ needs to come clean on their own illegal activities and stop trying to run a family business. This is getting way out of control.

    • MSGT JOHN CORREA says:

      This is what “dictatorship” is all about. The now question is; what are we going to do about it? I put the following question to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and asked; “What is the function of our Military Leaders who swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic? Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II is a foreign-born Muslim communist agent dictator who is supposed to be arrested as a Saboteur, and the American-born traitor Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton who should be arrested for High Treason. If Dwight D. Eisenhower were alive today, he would have executed the arrests and the sentences of death.
      USAF (RET)

  4. Chuck says:

    This administration like the one in Syria needs to be replaced

  5. chrismercy2003 says:

    Enough is Enough, Barack Hussein Obama!!!

  6. EastonTexas says:

    Another attack on religious freedom, and the Constitution. The tyranny of big government is coming to the USA. It’s the “you didn’t build that” mentality of the statist, that government must ‘set the rules’. That is what happens when we elect those that feel they are totally above the law, and a notches about the average citizen, and government as though they are the chosen ones.

  7. the_uglydog says:

    SIG HEIL !!!!!!! And in 2013 we all get our camp number implanted instead of tattoed! (included in the healthcare law)

    • It’s sieg Heil.

      • the_uglydog says:

        You’re right it is. Sorry,I’m just so exhausted working 20 hours a day not building my business!

    • Marny says:

      Uglydog, prove your claim by quoting chapter and verse of the law. Contrary to what you obviously would like to think, your assertion IS NOT in the health care law. Still don’t like the law but your claim is pure “puppy poo”.

  8. Still Waiting... says:

    president Ovomit and his little side-kick…Hitlery Clinton too…I guess since he can’t grow the mustache…she will…

  9. Susan47 says:

    But muslims get don’t have to ;pay for Obama care because it is against their religion??????? HELLO????

    • AZ BOB says:

      What comic book did you find this great information

      • NAmericanBlueJacket says:

        The PPACA does grant a number of exemptions from the requirement to purchase the “minimum essential coverage.” (Whatever that is — Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t yet defined it.) Prisoners, illegal aliens, and foreign nationals are exempt. In addition, there is a religious exemption. Under Subtitle F, Part I, Section 1501—the individual responsibility requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage—individuals must be “a member of a recognized religious sect” that doesn’t participate in Social Security. According to a January 2011 Heritage Foundation WebMemo, they must pay no Social Security taxes and receive none of the benefits, in accordance with Section 1402(g)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. The religious exemption applies to any person who is a member of a “recognized religious sect or division” with “established tenets or teachings” that would forbid that person from accepting public or private insurance.

        • Joe says:

          Blah, blah, blah…Obamacare is and should be considered illegal. If the government can force you to buy insurance when you are healthy, can they force you to buy a new car when you can’t drive? Obama is a socialist and is trying to make this country a socialist nation even though socialism is not sustainable (ask Russia) and does not work.

        • Tim Curtiss says:

          Why don’t you call him what he really is, a Stalinist Communist?

        • NAmericanBlueJacket says:

          I’d go for “666″……

        • TheHoosier says:

          Let’s make that what he really wants. To be a full Fledged Dictator which he may achieve if we let him get re-elected.As Commander in Chief he dismantles the Military, then he puts The Black Panthers in charge and dismisses Congress. Goodby America;hello Obamaland.

        • Chuck says:

          It is a TAX LAW. The mandate to buy insurance is clearly unconstitutional and was so ruled by the Supreme Court

      • Patriot says:

        AZ BOB, read the law – I did – - also, read the HHS 1200 exceptions/waivers – they were granted a waiver, along with the Amish, many unions, McDonald’s, etc. Don’t sling nasties when you haven’t facts.

        • Sarah Turner says:

          MacDonald’s and Unions are not a releigon. Amish and Muslim are. So why are christian faiths treated differently. Most are against gambling, and abortion so What is the difference?

        • steven60 says:

          The simple answer is that it is not part of their dogma. Christans have no problem paying taxes, religously speaking. Mac/Unions have bought their way in with big contrbutions.

        • MSGT JOHN CORREA says:

          The aim of the foreign-born Muslim Communist agent dictator Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II and his communist regime is to destroy the nation’s well established Judeo-Christian principles of this Republic. The recent attacks upon Christians by Muslims in Michigan were condoned by local enforcement. No arrests were made amongst the violent Muslims. The Muslims drew first blood upon the Christians. Get ready because the Muslims think they are going to run our country and establish their “Shariah Law” as the law of the land.
          USAF (RET)

        • TheHoosier says:

          And the latest report I’ve read released by the CIA is there are groups on American soil getting ready to start attacks on American soil.

        • george says:

          Muslim in not a religion , muslim is a culture , Islam is also not considered a religion , why do muslims treat women as second class citizens , and Obama turns a blind eye to this . He preach’s fair for everyone yet gives special treatment . Obama , it’s one lie after another , the man has a mouth like a manure spredder .

        • marlio says:

          WEll, muslim, imo, is a backward, pagan culture that most people wouldnt want to live in. The women are treated little better than their animals and their children in some areas, are mutilated while nothing is done to the males. No wonder their population rate is decreasing!!!

        • Robert Myles says:

          you had better double check that about their pop decreasing, they pop out kids like friggin rabbits. avg household here of muslim is 5 kids christian-judeo is 1.2

        • June Gagnon says:

          A few years ago, their “propagation rate” was 8 per couple; if it is now 5 per couple, then it is “decreasing” and I had read that in another report.

        • TheHoosier says:

          You sure wouldn’t know that by the power their exerting over one country after another

        • mwl says:

          WRONG….The way this works is MEN first, Animals second, then women. Recently a man shot a killed his wife in an area by Kabul, she was accused of adultry. A crowd of men gathered she was shot multiple times with an AK-47. This is not murder. This is justified by the men. They dont need proof. If the husband cheats not the same results. You might want to check forced homosexuality as well before you say anything about that.
          I am here in Afghansitan, about 12 miles from the shooting incident. This is a 100% islamic muslim country. If islamic muslims pull the quaran out and yell Allah Akbar, you better hit the deck. There are poeople on this blog who say this is not a religion. They are right, this is a murderous crusade against Christians in the name of religion.
          Mike in Afghanistan
          Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.

        • William Nida says:

          Manure spreader? Ya mean something like the a*s hole of my horse? Everytime it opens up I get several more pounds of verry useful manure, unlike the deciever in chief.

        • June Gagnon says:

          Sarah-You are correct in that “islam is not a religion”- -to explain further, it IS a fascist ideology- -their quran is NOT a holy book- -it is a collection of writings by an “imaginary heathen pedophile”! What “religion” teaches it’s followers to lie, steal, rape, torture and murder?? NONE!
          Read Dr. Robert Spencer’s book “Did Muhammed Exist”? You will find he did not- – the concept of muhammed, islam and the quran were introduced to the mid-east, by the Saracens, or some invading army, as a means of “crowd control”, in the latter part of the 7th century. It worked like a charm –the muslims fell for it, hook, line and sinker. Out of fear, they “accepted the lie” and they have lived it and perpetuated it ever since!

        • afanaglenn says:

          The difference is that Obama is a muslim, a muslim who sends our money abroad to build mosques. Bullsh

        • BOOMER8 says:

          flies in the face of “equal protection under the law”, doesn’t it??

      • P5Driver says:

        maybe your family history.

      • themarywidow says:

        Listen RETARD !!! History tells us that Hitler actaully committed atrocities along with the Gestapo, SOME people are still alive that can testify to the truth.. You either didnt go to school, or was ” and are ” just too stupid to understand anything… If you cant find the history books in a school, there are libraries in most town’s check out a book …

        • CMY says:

          Good Job,
          People do not realize how close we are to this!!! Please let the libs know
          how much their lives and freedoms are in trouble as well!!!

        • grandmaforliberty says:

          they don’t teach true history in public schools any longer….

        • June Gagnon says:

          That’s why we have to rely on “older (accurate) history books”, encyclopedias AND grandparents!

      • maryp912 says:


      • ginospimoni says:

        What comic book didi you come out of?

      • nexgenesis says:

        Right out of the obamahealthcare bill on page 107 or 127. You must be a demoncrat, the rest of us don’t read comic books for information, although I am certain that there are a lot of comic book characters in this adminstration.

      • don says:

        az bob things don’t all ways go like YOU would like. the truth hurts when your a liberial. going to hurt even worse i9n nov. cause WE are all giong to vote our hearts. an that is long live our free america an freedom

      • Sharpshooter003 says:

        The comic book called ” OBAMACARE” read it ….. I’m sure you’ll think the tracking implants aren’t real either. Those start in 2013.

        • Marny says:

          Sharpshooter003 – please post page #, paragraph #, etc., where this information about “tracking implants” may be found in the health care law. I have 3 different versions of the law and have not found that.

      • jarhead says:

        obamacaretax, pg.114 ln.22 exempts unions, gov.workers, congress and senate all their families…read it for yourself, az bub….

      • fliteking says:

        AZ BOB lives in a small little world of denial.

      • sha49tn says:

        Yes, & this info about Muslims being exempt was all over the internet after the law passed. Due to their RELIGION

        • Marny says:

          Muslims are not exempt. If they elect not to have insurance they will be subject to the tax like everyone else. The determining factor is whether or not someone participates in Social Security, paying it or receiving it. That’s why the Amish are exempt.

    • Lauralee Hensley says:

      THE ACLJ should take this on PDQ.

    • They can run their businesses as muslim. That should tell the so called Christians that live to see or hear the fraud, the man doesn’t give a rat’s a## about any American of any faith.

      • mwl says:

        If Catholics must conform to abortion standards and give free contraceptives as proposed by obamacare against their religion. Equally then the muslims must eat a pound of pork a week. Same same in my book both equally devistating to the religious beliefs of the person. However one is forced by a dictaor who passed a bill that NOBODY on his side read, the second is an idea that would be fought against above all else. REMEMBER these are the same people that cannot execute a mass murderer because its wrong but will absolutetly defend abortions to include late term, without blinking an eye…..
        These are people who will lie throughout the entire process of a congressional hearing then demand everybody else tell the truth and when they do, they dismiss the truth.
        Mike in Afghanistan

        • HappyG says:

          I like the analogy…it works for me, but surely we’ll be labeled “haters” for demanding equality…

      • Dr. Real says:

        If the business was muslim and exercised ‘stoning’ as a means of discipline, this democratic administration would look the other way.

    • TheHoosier says:

      Too they are exempt from fines for not paying!

  10. giant33 says:

    We have to get this guy out of office. Thats’ the easy part, the hard part is to get rid of the inbeded lefties in goverment.

    • Rosey says:

      I just spoke with a friend who said she isn’t going to vote because she doesn’t want Obama and doesn’t care for Romney. I finally convinced her that NOT voting is a vote for Obama. She finally relented and will vote for Romney. This is the same problem with so many people – I wish they would pay attention!

  11. heggi says:

    We have the power to stop this with our votes but we must stop the voter fraud or our votes will not matter.

    • Chuck says:

      Correct! You can volunteer in the registrar’s office to assure registrations are correct. Work at the polls during early, or regular, voting. Observe the compilation and counting of ballots. Don’t complain about voter fraud, if you are not willing to help stop it.

    • beanie says:

      If we are not under military law invoked by Olama. There will be no elections if that is the case.

  12. sean murry says:

    Who in the hell do you are telling people that they cant run thier business as catholics i would say to you SCREW you.

  13. fedup says:

    The sheeple in this country are truly blind. This president is hell-bent on destroying this country by forcing his views upon us all. When those who will not see give him another 4 years in office, he will complete his plan of change and it will be too late. Just ask the Jews who survived Hitler.

    • Kay says:

      Thats exactly why I do not understand why Jews support Obama. Look at all the Hollywood backing he gets from Spielberg, Streisand and the rest of them. What is wrong with these people that they have no recollection of the holocaust? Can’t they see the pattern emerging and all the 1930′s Nazi similaries? Are they just so self-serving, arrogant and extremely wealthy that they don’t care? Have they been promised an elite position with the NWO? Are they so stupid that they don’t see Obama’s anamousity towards Netanyehu and Israel and his adoration of the muslims? WTF?

      • Phil Cohen says:

        Too many AMERICAN-born Jews have forgotten who they are….. have traded their religion for Leftist ideology. THEY HAVE STOPPED BEING JEWISH, and are EXCLUSIVELY COMMUNIST….. even if they don’t see it in themselves. My dog is more Jewish than Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Rahm Emanuel….. and so, for that matter, is the Pope!

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  15. NAmericanBlueJacket says:

    WE THE PEOPLE! November 2012….LIBERTY is making a come back!
    One term in office

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    • faith says: