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The broad reach of the narrow Hobby Lobby ruling
The broad reach of the narrow Hobby Lobby ruling

The Supreme Court's decision striking down the contraceptive mandate for family-owned businesses seems narrow, but its implications are broad and disturbing. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling Monday, held that it violated the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to require that a family-owned business, technically called a "closely held" corporation, include contraceptive coverage for women in the insurance it provides its employees. The decision is deeply problematic on many levels. First, this is the first time that the Supreme Court has held that a for-profit corporation can claim to have religious beliefs. A corporation — a fictional entity — is created to protect its owner...

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