Joseph Kip Kosek

Joseph Kip Kosek is associate professor of American Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and author of Acts of Conscience: Christian Nonviolence and Modern American Democracy.

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.
July 16, 2014