Hobby Lobby case harms individiual freedom

July 31, 2014
Doug Jambard-Sweet

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is not a victory for individual freedom (“Fix religious freedom law,” guest editorial, July 15).

The ruling places the religious preferences of the few — business owners — above the freedom of the many — employees — over access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby’s claims is stunning when you consider that its owners’ religious convictions do not prevent them from importing products from Chinese factories with a reputation for labor rights violations and rock-bottom wages.

Individuals have legitimate religious rights. For-profit corporations, however, are not inherently religious. Their employees are not from the same, if any, religious background as the owners, making owners’ claims to religious “rights” absurd.

The ruling makes a mockery of constitutional religious freedom by extending it to for-profit corporations. People who value freedom should support grass-roots activism via Move to Amend, which seeks a constitutional amendment that would abolish corporate personhood and stop pro-corporate judicial activism.

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