Hobby Lobby Ruling was Limited Common Sense [Hub Debate]

From a macro perspective, the Hobby Lobby ruling doesn’t do much. The Supreme Court made the decision narrow enough that it only impacts: “Closely held” corporations (while not clearly defined, I would suggest this means private companies – publicly traded companies need not apply). The Affordable Care Act, specifically the contraceptive mandate that was made law therein. The Supreme Court could have gone much further and applied that personhood applies to larger companies with more shareholders, or that religious objections could apply to other things like gay marriage, blood transfusions,…

Corporations Aren’t People — But People Are, Even When They Act Through Corporations

The question isn’t, “Should we give corporations rights?” but rather, “Should we deny individuals rights when they act through corporations?” Yesterday, I had a discussion with a good friend about what I view as the only interesting aspect of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling — that Hobby Lobby, as a for-profit corporation, is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). My friend’s point was this:  why should we allow someone who makes the decision to incorporate to claim both that he is not the corporation (for purposes of…