The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in the first freedom. I’m sorry it was necessary, but it was—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs.

The High Court’s Ruling

The ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our “first freedom.” The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, has been called “the cornerstone of the American experiment” because it is from our religious freedom all of our other freedoms flow.

You can read the PDF of the Court’s decision here.

Here is a bit from the SCOTUS Blog:

This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates, that is for blood transfusions or vaccinations, necessarily fail if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs.

Read the article.

 

2 Responses to Hobby Lobby Wins

  1. Bill Lewis says:

    Hobby Lobby may have won a limited victory but the people of the United States suffered a major loss. The purpose of a corporation is to provide a buffer of legal protection for the individuals who own it. Therefore, any requirements on the corporation should not be construed as infringing on the rights of individuals. The more a shell built for legal protections (Corporations) becomes a viable entity the fewer real rights and responsibilities individuals have.

    • Chuck Morgan says:

      If the only purpose of a corporation were to provide legal protection, this might be a valid argument. However, there are several other reasons why business owners choose to form corporations, making this argument a “hasty generalization.”

      Also, Mr. Lewis has not established a logical connection between corporations becoming viable entities and the loss of individual rights. Whereas this “may” be true, how will we know unless he demonstrates that it is?