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Some Thoughts on Hobby Lobby
National Revew, by Yuval Levin

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Posted By:mitzi, 7/1/2014 10:06:54 AM

The general sense about the Hobby Lobby decision handed down yesterday, very much suggested by the majority opinion itself, is that the ruling is highly significant for the particular matter at hand (the fate of the HHS mandate) but of limited significance for larger and broader questions beyond. It seems to me, however, that roughly the opposite may be the case. (snip) And Justice Ginsburg’s attempt to distinguish between profit-seeking and non-profit corporations on this front, made necessary by the fact that the administration did recognize the religious-liberty claims of some corporations and not others in this case, was the

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Now that the dust is settling, and people have had time to read the decision - there should be more interesting articles analyzing that decision.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/1/2014 10:36:25 AM     (No. 9906843)

If a Muslim butcher cannot be forced to sell pork, can a heterosexual photographer be allowed to refuse filming a homosexual wedding? Alito seems to say yes. Ginsburg saying yes to the Muslim no to the photographer. Kennedy seems to recommend opening a Federally run photographic service!

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