According to the Trump administration, even a company owned by millions of unrelated people can be a person of faith.
burwell v. hobby lobby
“Many religious liberty accommodations will have absolutely no effect on the rights of third parties. Those are easier cases.”
The Supreme Court reflects the politics of the moment. And two recent decisions are in line with a shift of the current court toward the right.
The case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has received extraordinary attention as a site of struggle between faith and law. The Supreme Court’s decision that businesses may refuse on principle to provide contraception coverage has not been a shining hour for religious freedom. Many observers fear that the ruling will do less to protect that freedom than to expand the power of corporations. Hobby Lobby has overshadowed two other suits this term that offered more compelling instances of conscience in action.
Is Burwell v. Hobby Lobby about freedom of (corporate) conscience broadly, or is it just about a few specific contraceptives? It can’t really be both.