This same court has already disastrously decided that corporations are people, and now in their hands is the chance to decide if these corporations can hide behind religious “freedom”.
The court agreed to hear an appeal from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,which sided with Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based chain of craft stores owned by a Christian family who claimed that the birth-control mandate violated their company’s religious freedom. The court also agreed to hear an appeal from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which went the opposite way, finding that Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a cabinet manufacturer, did not have the same religious conscience rights as an individual. The split between these two circuit courts and other appeals courts, plus almost 50 other cases in the pipeline, meant that the Supreme Court was almost forced to weigh in.
So Hobby Lobby brought this case forward when their owner refused to offer healthcare under the Affordable Care Act mandate that required women have access to birth control. Hobby Lobby claimed that it violated their religious beliefs.
How can this be? How can Hobby Lobby have a religious belief? Their owner and staff members of course can have any religious belief they see fit, however they are not allowed to use those beliefs to dictate what others can and cannot do with their own bodies. This clearly violates individual’s freedoms.
Written By: Dan Arel
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