Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:16 PM
caraher (4,962 posts)
Corporate personhood and "religious freedom"
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My mother just "liked" on Facebook a story about a several senators and congressmen (yes, "men:" Senators Orrin G. Hatch, Daniel R. Coats, Thad Cochran, Mike Crapo, Charles Grassley, James M. Inhofe, Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, Richard Shelby and Congressmen Lamar Smith and Frank Wolf) filing a brief in support of Hobby Lobby's efforts to deny its employees coverage for reproductive health measures its owners don't like.
The legal argument seems to be that one of the rights corporations have is the right to free exercise of religion. In other words, their fictitious "personhood" somehow encompasses the freedom to practice religion:
the Congressional brief states:
“Congress plainly wrote to include corporations”
The federal government “may not pick and choose whose exercise of religion is protected and whose is not.”
You can read the actual brief here or through the link above.
Essentially, they want to claim Hobby Lobby should have the same standing under the law as a religious order. The district court ruling they object to argues what any reasonable person would: that “general business corporations do not, separate and apart from the actions or belief systems of their individual owners or employees, exercise religion.”
Apparently we are to embrace the notion that, say, WalMart can have a religion besides unchecked pursuit of profit...
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:50 AM
Volaris (3,393 posts)
3. LOL the Courts (including the Supremes, if it gets that far) are going to have a FIELD DAY with this
I still say the Roberts Court is going to surprise us more often than we think. "Cowboy John" Roberts might be a Republican, but I don't think he's an IDIOT...