Tag: Hobby Lobby

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The Johnson Amendment which prohibited the religious and charitable organizations from engaging in political activity has been weakened by executive order; the IRS now has discretion about enforcing the regulation. (And if Lois Lerner has taught us anything, it is that the IRS will always use discretion wisely.) The President’s executive order will also provide regulatory […]

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A Time to Offer Choice

 

The lie that works is the lie with at least a particle of truth.

This is the case with the outraged feminist response to the Hobby Lobby ruling. Conservatives were frozen in disbelief in 2012 as the “war on women” campaign swept in votes for Obama, and they are equally amazed now as the Democrats plan to make Hobby Lobby a campaign issue. How can it possibly work?

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The spate of articles and commentaries following the Hobby Lobby decision have drawn my attention to a common theme among the liberal commentaries : a corporation’s rights have been deemed more important than an individual’s, as though this is an either or proposition in a free society. It appears to me that many of the […]

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OTC Contraceptives: The Best Solution For All

 

Yesterday, my Facebook feed was filled with talk about the Hobby Lobby decision, with conservatives shouting hallelujahs and liberals wailing and rending their garments. I tried commenting on existing threads, but — this being Facebook and not Ricochet — the conversation predictably got nasty and stupid. Many of my conservative friends thought this incredibly narrow decision was a great victory for religious liberty and freedom of conscience (which is vastly overblown), while my lefty friends acted as if we had just re-passed the Comstock Laws (which is patently absurd).

This morning, I took a different tack and started my own thread. I posted a link to an excellent article on The Federalist that argued that making some forms of contraceptives available over-the-counter (OTC) is the best solution for all. I summarized the article in a way that (I hoped) would appeal widely:

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This take on the Hobby Lobby decision from The New Republic is really quite moderated; one is tempted to call it sane. However, it ends with this bracing assertion: The Hobby Lobby case raises a whole bunch of important and complicated questions—about religious freedom, the definition of corporations, and so on. But fundamentally this is […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: Hobby Lobby, ObamaCare, and Religious Liberty

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, I lead Professor Epstein through a discussion of the challenges to Obamacare’s contraception mandate currently before the Supreme Court. Is the right to religious liberty different (or non-existent) for corporations as opposed to individuals? Would allowing non-participation in the mandate create a slippery slope towards opt-out government? Is the Obama Administration’s case actually weakened by the fact that it’s already granted exemptions to explicitly religious organizations? Those are just a few of the questions Richard answers in this week’s episode