However, this ruling does not only apply to contraceptive coverage. The ruling states that a commercial enterprise can opt out of any law (except tax law) that is deemed incompatible with their sincerely-held religious beliefs. That leaves me wondering how the law preventing discrimination against homosexuals may be affected when pitted against sincerely-held religious beliefs. Where will this ruling lead?
I spent many years working for a company that was owned by a family with “sincerely-held religious beliefs.” I am glad that my employers never imposed their beliefs onto my colleagues or me. Yes, they did not provide the teachers with coffee, but we were able to purchase our own and brew it in the staff room. No, they did not schedule school events on Sunday, but we were free to work on Sunday (in our classrooms on campus) if we chose. The owners lived their lives according to their religious convictions, and they allowed their employees the freedom to live according to their own sincerely-held beliefs (religious or not).
By the very essence of creating a corporation, the owners have created a business that is a separate entity - it makes the business separate from the owner. That is the definition of a corporation. So why is the owner's beliefs now the corporation's beliefs? Giving a corporation the right to opt out of laws in the name of religion is opening a very large can of worms. Does this ruling apply to only Christian believers? We live in a world of many varying religions with equally varying beliefs. The Quran permits husbands to hit their wives. Can a corporation opt out of the laws against domestic violence?
I am outraged because this ruling gives commercial enterprises the legal right to opt out of laws, regardless of how they affect their employees, based on their religious beliefs. The Green Family and the Hahn Family have their religious beliefs. I can accept that, and I respect that. Why can they not accept and respect that all people (some being their employees) do not share their same convictions? Is there perhaps a larger agenda in place? Money brings power, and with a net worth of 5.1 billion dollars the Green Family has a lot of power. When a company's owner’s religious beliefs supersede their employees’ beliefs – American citizens’ right to religious freedom has taken a back seat.
And that scares me.