Beards big winner in year-old Hobby Lobby case (COMMENTARY)

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Anti-abortion demonstrators high five as the ruling for Hobby Lobby was announced outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 30, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst 
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Anti-abortion demonstrators high five as the ruling for Hobby Lobby was announced outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 30, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-WINDHAM-COLUMN, originally transmitted on July 2, 2015.

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A year later, who was the big winner in the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the Hobby Lobby case? Beards. Yes, beards.

  • Larry

    legal exceptions for family-owned businesses have been few and far between.”

    Because the entire notion of corporate religious beliefs was a joke when you were claiming it. The SCOTUS decision reflects it as well. The Hobby Lobby decision was so full of caveats, and limitations that its precedential value was meant to be intentionally limited in scope. In the absence of the decision, those people invoking it would have had less ridiculous older cases to cite to.

    ” the IRS threatened to fine the owners millions for their religious practice — a clear threat to religious freedom.”

    That was untrue. The owners set up this business entity called Hobby Lobby to insulate their business actions from their personal assets and liabilities. They created a corporate veil which was conveniently ignored in favor of violating employee privacy.

  • Be Brave

    Larry,

    Your gods in the supreme court have decided the hobby lobby case. It’s over. It’s law. Move on. You look like a corporaphobe.

  • larry

    True, but its precedential value is virtually non-existent. If you look at the decision, they kept saying, “this decision does not stand for ….” throughout. They limited it to strictly RFRA interpretation. SCOTUS didn’t consider it a constitutional issue, they considered it a Federal law issue. The RFRA can still be repealed or modified in a way to invalidate Hobby Lobby.

    Same can’t be said of Obergfell v. Hodges. 🙂

  • Be Brave

    Lar-Dog,

    Obergfell v. Hodges? Like Roe v Wade isn’t ever going to force obeisance from Christians. Per the SCOTUS cadre. That being said “I,” the person tapping keys under the username Be Brave, have nothing in opposition of same sex marriage except as a Christian apologia. Hobby Lobby isn’t going to be touched “by law” anytime soon. Americans are like toddlers, their attention span is idiotic and spoiled at the same time. I’m a pro-union guy. So Hobby Lobby makes me sick on a whole different level. I think the same about anti-Union people as I do those that call Jesus a liar on what a Christian marriage is. Personifying a corporation is evil. Too. I hold the exact same position on Christians, or ANY religionist, forcing their ways on an objector the exact same way I do on fanatical gay pride nuts. Christian isn’t always as Christian does. Per Jesus and the rest of the voices IN the New Testament. And the IRS? Flat Tax everyone and that sick power goes away.