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Hobby Lobby Loses, Tyndale Wins Legal Round. Government says For Profit Corporations do not have a Right to Free Exercise of Religion.


The idea of seeing our Work as Worship is ultimately an idea that will be decided in Christian business leaders taking action or sitting on sidelines. Its a cultural decision and not a political football. 

That being said, the government took a step last week to limit Americans legal ability to have free exercise of religion in their own business. This issue is key to business leaders everywhere in the Work as Worship conversation. It's definitely not the first, but likely one of the defining dominos that could fall and erode the ability of a business owner to exercise their values in their company. Here's the report from the Christianity Today Blog: 

"A federal judge denied Hobby Lobby's request for an injunction against the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. They ruled that the arts-and-crafts company must cover emergency contraceptives in its insurance policies. 

U.S. district judge Joe Heaton rejected both First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) claims by Hobby Lobby and its well-known evangelical owners, the Green family. Heaton ruled that "secular, for-profit corporations do not have free exercise rights."

"The Greens do have such rights," Heaton's ruling stated, "but are unlikely to prevail as to their constitutional claims because the preventive care coverage regulations ... are neutral laws of general applicability which are rationally related to a legitimate governmental objective." 

The ruling stands in contrast to a D.C. circuit court's ruling in favor of Tyndale House Publishers just three days earlier. In that case, the courtgranted Tyndale a preliminary injunction and ruled that the Christian-owned publishing house has legal standing because "the beliefs of a closely-held corporation and its owners are inseparable, the corporation should be deemed the alter-ego of its owners for religious purposes."

Read the rest on Christianity Today's Blog


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posted by Justin Forman | 11.27.2012 - 5:55 AM

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