Freedom of religion on the ropes

A federal judge has ruled that freedom of religion does not extend to the manner in which we conduct business:

Heaton said that while churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions, “Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations.”

“Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

This ruling, which unfortunately does not seem to be out of the mainstream, basically says that freedom of religion applies only to church, and most of our lives are outside its protection.

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