HOT BLAST: Church-state-corporation consequences
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Hobby Lobby stores is challenging a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morining-after birth control pill.  The Oklahoma based arts and crafts chain says the mandate violates the religious beliefs of its owners. Photo: Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press
Hobby Lobby stores is challenging a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morining-after birth control pill. The Oklahoma based arts and crafts chain says the mandate violates the religious beliefs of its owners. Photo: Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press
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Robyn Blumner takes a close look at the implications of a case where a corporation seeks to be exempted from Obamacare's contraception mandate on religious grounds:

Corporations run by Christian Scientists may not want to pay for their employees to see conventional doctors. Jehovah's Witnesses would want to exclude blood transfusions. Catholic employers may balk at end-of-life care or stem-cell therapy. Married same-sex couples may find they are denied federally guaranteed unpaid family leave to care for a sick spouse.

The breadth of religious dictates is so vast that they can justify many forms of invidious discrimination. What is to stop a Muslim employer from insisting that women employees come to work wearing a veil? And consider the employment implications of the widely held religious precept that women be subordinate to men.

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