A federal court on Friday ruled that the health care law’s mandate that employers provide free coverage for contraception infringed on individual religious liberty.***
“The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a health care plan,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote on behalf of the court.**
I am confused. Business owners surrender their individuality when they incorporate. The financial pay off for doing so is huge. The down side is that shareholders do not own the corporation. The common reference to “family owned corporations” is a legal misnomer, even if a family controls all the shares.
Friday's ruling "confirms what the 10th Circuit . . . case said: Individuals do not have to forfeit their faith to make a living, and the government is wrong to force family businesses to subsidize products against their deeply held religious beliefs," said Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. *
If Mr. Baxter is correct, then the religious liberties of the many (employees) is trumped by the religious liberties of the few (shareholders): the many (actual citizens) DO have to forfeit their faith.
Corporations may have personhood but they are not citizens! IMHO too many courts have followed the lead of the Citizens United decision to morph corporations into citizens, and worse, super citizens of more legal significance than we, the real people. With no intent to insult those who have endured the persecution of slavery, I am beginning to feel like three fifths of a man. And you? (Jeanene)
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