Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln
In other words, he just chips away at our freedoms while assuring us he is our friend…He puts power politics before principles. If we don’t stand up for ourselves and our state, then we deserve what we get.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
From: Hadian for Governor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 7:48 AM
Subject: Hadian Calls Out Gregoire & McKenna to NOT Appeal the Stormans’ Case
TO NOT APPEAL THE STORMANS’ CASE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2011
This week, religious freedom and right of conscience survived yet another attack.
The Stormans family, who owns Ralph’s Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia, has spent over $500,000 of their own money to defend their right to not sell the Plan B “morning after” pill, arguing that it disregards their deeply held religious beliefs.
After a 5 year protracted battle in which the state government spent over $300,000 per year fighting against this family-owned small business to force them to violate their Constitutionally-protected right of conscience, a federal judge definitively ruled that the state is wrong.
In this landmark case, Judge Leighton ruled that the law in question violates the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion:
“The Board of Pharmacy’s 2007 rules are not neutral, and they are not generally applicable. They were designed instead to force religious objectors to dispense Plan B, and they sought to do so despite the fact that refusals to deliver for all sorts of secular reasons were permitted.”
In his rebuke of the state’s breach of the Constitution, Judge Leighton continued,
“The Board’s regulations have been aimed at Plan B and conscientious objections from their inception. Indeed, Plaintiffs have presented reams of [internal government documents] demonstrating that the predominant purpose of the rule was to stamp out the right to refuse [for religious reasons].”
Attorney General Rob McKenna and his office erroneously argued on behalf of the State that if exceptions were made for religious beliefs, the state would be establishing religion, in violation of the First Amendment. McKenna’s legal team recently spent 11 days in federal court trying to convince a Judge to force the owners of Ralph’s Thriftway to provide medicine that they believe will take a human life.
Undeterred by this week’s ruling, the Governor is now conferring with the AG’s office on the best path to an appeal. The question for McKenna now becomes – “Do I continue to spend state taxpayer money to appeal this decision, or do I back off and give Mr. Stormans the dignity he deserves?”
Shahram Hadian, candidate for WA State governor, said the following:
The ramifications of this case are huge. If the state continues with its witch hunt and ultimately prevails, it opens a Pandora’s Box. Any government agency could force individuals to violate their right of conscience in any matter. Governor Gregoire & AG Rob McKenna, STOP your persecution of our constitutionally protected religious freedom and right of conscience.”