Hobby Lobby -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
At midnight last evening HealthCare.gov ended -- for this season -- offering health insurance options to new clients. There will be many conversations about whether this has proven to be a failure or a success (depends probably on your circumstances and your political inclinations). Wrapped up in this conversation is the role of religion -- specifically whether a government mandate trumps religion or religion trumps government -- especially relating to whether a corporation owned by Christians (or any religious tradition) can claim for their company the benefits of religious liberty. In this week's Sightings piece, Martin Marty helps us frame the upcoming decision by the Supreme Court and its implications. While I affirm the principle that as a person of my faith, my loyalties belong to God over government, I'm concerned about the implications of how a corporation's "rights" could subvert the "rights" of its employees. That is, should the beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby regarding birth control trump the desires/needs/rights of its employees who might not share those beliefs. As Marty notes, both sides offer their own "parade of horribles." I would be interested in your thoughts and responses to the question of whether corporations have religious rights.