| Nov 27, 2013
The Supreme Court can't do much about most of the travails afflicting implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But it can put one controversy to rest by rejecting the dangerous claim that profit-making businesses have a "religious" right to defy a...
| Nov 28, 2013
Re "Birth control cases head to Supreme Court," Nov. 27
Individuals incorporate their businesses, in part, to be afforded certain shields against individual liability. Those corporations are by definition separate from the individual owners.
| Dec 1, 2013
Re "The Hobby Lobby dodge," Editorial, Nov. 27
The Times is absolutely correct. Following Hobby Lobby's claim, a "family business" owned by a Jehovah's Witness adherent could refuse to fund the coverage of blood transfusions, skin grafts, organ...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:45 PM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between the Obama administration and businesses run by conservative Christians over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner'...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Everyone knows that Catholic hospitals don’t perform elective abortions. Incomprehensibly, Catholic hospitals even fall afoul of the church if they perform an abortion to save a mother’s life.
But are they negligent if they fail to merely...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Now that the Supreme Court has endowed corporations with the right to have their voices heard via unrestrained spending on political campaigns (in the Citizens United decision of 2010), there aren't many frontiers left to test the idea that corporations...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:32 AM
To no one's profound surprise, the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the question of whether the Affordable Care Act's mandate that health plans cover contraceptives violates the religious freedom of some corporations. The court accepted two cases...
| Dec 5, 2013
A little more than 20 years ago, Congress did something that, today, is hard to imagine. Lawmakers from both parties and across the political spectrum found common ground and passed, by a near-unanimous vote, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which...
| Dec 8, 2013
Re "Hobby Lobby's cause," Opinion, Dec. 5
How refreshing to read that the protections of the Bill of Rights may be extended to corporations and other organizations — and that these organizations take on the attitudes, religious beliefs and...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:41 PM
Most restaurant themes are meant to entertain you. Popular themes include tiki bars with waitresses in hula skirts and rain forest cafes with palm trees. But some ideas may leave you scratching your head. In Bangkok, for example, there's a restaurant...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 3:51 PM
It's a familiar cycle: Pope Francis says something that seems to soften the Roman Catholic Church’s attitude toward hot-button issues; liberals (Catholic and otherwise) rejoice; conservative Catholics rush to remind gleeful Francisphiles that the...