Some early reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case suggested that the ruling is too narrow to cause much real harm. But given that the high court just said corporations are people with religious freedom rights, and those rights are more important than women’s health, it seems the decision is a likely Pandora’s Box.
American writer Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel An American Tragedy deals with the story of a socially ambitious young man who, dismayed because he has impregnated his working-class girlfriend, engineers her death.
The book was banned in some cities – but not because of its depiction of murder. Rather, conservative religious leaders feared that a plot hinging on an unwanted pregnancy would spur young people to get curious about birth control.
For nearly two years, Americans United has detailed the truth behind Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, a case brought by a chain of craft stores that claims it has a religious freedom right to deny important preventative health care to its employees.
There’s another controversy brewing around Hobby Lobby – but this one has nothing to do with birth control. New York’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently settled a two-year investigation into the embattled craft store chain by hitting it with a $220,000 fine for deceptive advertising practices.
It’s crunch time for Hobby Lobby watchers: The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to deliver its ruling in the controversial case dealing with access to birth control within the next two weeks. As observers await the court’s verdict, the case continues to stir debate due to its drastic implications for women’s rights and religious liberty.
Emerging details about Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green’s controversial Bible class appear to confirm concerns about its sectarian intentions. The class, which is currently being challenged by Americans United, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is set to enter public schools in Mustang, Okla., next year.
In a recent interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that Hobby Lobby should be able to defy the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Given his position as a high-ranking cleric in the Catholic Church, that’s not surprising. His reasoning, however, astonishes – for all the wrong reasons.
According to Dolan, Hobby Lobby should win its suit because women can buy birth control at 7-Eleven stores.
An Oklahoma school district has approved the use of a Bible curriculum designed by Steve Green, the controversial owner of Hobby Lobby. The Mustang public schools will begin offering the curriculum next academic year.
Today’s Washington Post has an interesting story about how the personal religious beliefs of members of the Supreme Court might affect their decisions.
The question is especially relevant now with the high court poised to hear oral arguments tomorrow in a pair of cases that could have far-reaching consequences for what religious freedom means.