How do we define true believers?

The U.S. Supreme Court stood up for one of the primary constitutional rights (freedom of religion) over one of the more recently manufactured ones?(the right to free contraceptives) when it ruled people can run their businesses according to their religious beliefs. By a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the company doesn’t have to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in its employee health insurance plans. The owners of the family-held corporation say it violates their religious beliefs.

The Court said the company should be granted the same accomodation as church-owned groups and employers. Under that plan, the insurance companies have to provide the coverage without charge. Or, the court said, the goverment could pay for the contraceptive coverage.

The Court’s decision is a narrow one, applying only to closely-held corporations owned by a small number of people, not major corporations with large numbers of shareholders whose religious beliefs would be impossible to measure. And it only applies to the contraceptive coverage of the ACA, though other challenges are sure to be brought, now that the Court has decided corporations can have religious beliefs.

The challenge will also be raised, no doubt, by corporations that will suddenly find religion and seek relief from the health care requirement. Which raises the question -?how will the courts decided which corporations are truly, sincerely opposed to contraception based on religious grounds, and which corporations are following their true religion – maximizing profits by cutting expenses?

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