Christian Conservatives Demand Religious Privilege in Supreme Court

Religious Conservatives rallied behind the owners of Hobby Lobby, Inc., a for-profit retail store chain run by conservative Christians who are seeking exemption from being required to provide health insurance to their employees that includes contraceptive care. Their argument is based on the claim that the requirement violates their First Amendment freedom of religious belief.

The Supreme Court heard arguments from Hobby Lobby and the US government today on the matter. Despite a long line of Supreme Court cases ruling that freedom of one's religion does not allow one to oppress the religious beliefs of another, this current Court may set aside that precedent and attempt to set new case law - effectively "legislating from the bench" - based on recently-asserted Supreme Court doctrines of corporate personhood.

A decision is not expected to be announced until June of this year.

Tags: #RegionalReport, #Privilege

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