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The Hobby Lobby Decision and the Future of Religious-Liberty Rights

FT_Hobby_Lobby-e1404152725317[1]The Supreme Court today expanded the scope of religious-liberty rights and dealt a blow to part of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul when it ruled 5-4 that some for-profit businesses have religious rights and, as a result, can opt out of the law’s contraception mandate. [Read more]

Progressives, Regressives React to Hobby Lobby Decision

Supreme-Court-thumb-250xauto-16018[1]The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The court ruled that “closely held corporations” — a term that applies to as much as 90% of American businesses, which employ 52% of American workers — cannot be forced to pay for their employees’ contraception if they (meaning the corporation) have religious objections. [Read more]

Stores Can Be Anti-Abortion Christians, Supreme Court Rules

hobby-lobby[1]Today the Supreme Court’s session went out with a bang as it settled two cases on identical 5–4 partisan lines. The decision in Harris v. Quinn hurt public employees’ unions by refusing to let them automatically deduct dues from wages, and the ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. allowed some companies to avoid paying for their workers’ birth control. [Read more]

The Time A Corporation Cited Religious Freedom As A Way To Avoid Desegregation

Rachel-Maddow-063014-MSNBC[1]In her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case today, Justice Ginsburg mentioned a 1968 precedent in which the owner of a chain of barbecue restaurants in South Carolina “refused to serve black patrons based on his religious beliefs opposing racial integration.” The Hobby Lobby majority emphasized that their ruling applied only to contraceptive coverage but would not undercut laws prohibiting racial discrimination. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby, Liberty, Empathy, and Dignity

792px-US_Supreme_Court[1]After a surprising run of 9-0 decisions, the Supreme Court ended its year the way we’ve come to expect: with hotly contested 5-4 splits. Most importantly, the Court finally decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the closely watched fight over whether the Health and Human Services Department can force corporations to pay for their employees’ insurance coverage of abortifacient contraceptives. [Read more]

8 Other Laws That Could Be Ignored Now That Christians Get To Pick And Choose

n-STONING-large570[1]The owners of a chain of stores called Hobby Lobby don’t like Obamacare. In particular, they really don’t like the part that requires insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Normally, people who don’t like a law petition the government to change that law. That’s how a nation of laws works. But these men are Christians. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Christian business owners are special. [Read more]

Church-State Conflicts: What’s Next?

20140204_010725_national-news_100[1]The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday on the religious rights of private for-profit businesses ends two cases that have garnered loads of national attention because they involved President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, one of the symbols in 2014 of partisan divide. [Read more]

After Hobby Lobby, Here Are Four Other Festering Church-State Issues

The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday on the religious rights of private for-profit businesses ends two cases that have garnered loads of national attention because they involved President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, one of the symbols in 2014 of partisan divide. [Read more]

Not Just Christian Fascism: Economic Justice & the Hobby Lobby Atrocity

The myth of American exceptionalism has always been impervious to data and empirical evidence.  Despite being the richest most prolific jailer in the world, the U.S. is fond of favorably comparing itself to Western Europe with its evil big government social welfare safety net and waning capitalist moxie. [Read more]

The Hobby Lobby Ruling Isn’t About Religious Liberty—It’s About Conservative Sexual Morality

The religious conservatives who supported Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate won on Monday, when the Supreme Court ruled that the birth control regulations violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But they didn’t get everything they wanted. [Read more]

Faith Groups Divided in Their Reaction to Court’s Decision Affirming Religious Rights

U.S. faith groups were starkly divided in their reaction Monday to the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the religious rights of corporations, with some seeing a narrow decision protecting the religious liberty of business owners and others seeing a profane intrusion into the beliefs of employees. [Read more]

What if a Muslim Company Used the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Decision to Impose Its Values on White Christians?

The slide towards American theocracy was nudged one more step forward by today’s Supreme Court decision in support of the “freedom” of corporations with “religious” beliefs to restrict the rights of their employees. In essence, religious “beliefs” trump the obligations, rights, and responsibilities that come with being members of the polity and a broader political community. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby: Religious Rights For Secular For-Profit Corporations … Just This One Time

Writing for the majority in the Hobby Lobby case, Justice Alito emphasized [PDF] that the ruling, which partly overturned the Obama administration’s rules on birth control coverage, does not apply to other cases involving religious objections to government regulations. [Read more]

Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Victory for Religious Freedom’

In a victory for Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that profit-seeking businesses such as the arts and crafts chain can hold religious views under federal law. [Read more]

Life Does Not Begin at Conception and I Can Prove It

Some people keep asserting that life begins at conception. This is their belief, end of story. That is wrong. Human life does not begin at conception and I can prove it. Follow me, below the orange diaphragm. [Read more]

The Radical Right Wing Supreme Court Is Acting Like It’s a Monarchy

Nowhere in the Constitution is the Supreme Court given the power to strike down laws or to create law. That is a power exclusively held in the first and second branches of government: the Presidency and Congress. [Read more]

Bryan Fischer Uses Science To Explain Hobby Lobby Ruling, Abortion, And Global Cooling

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer reacted to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by praising the court for relying on “good science,” by which he means science that corresponds to what the Bible says, in recognizing that certain forms of contraception cause abortions.

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