Professor Tamara Piety continues the conversation about the recent Hobby Lobby case in her new blog post featured in The Faculty Lounge.
That the old saying that a corporation has “no body to kick, no soul to damn” may have to be revised. While it still has no body to kick (or, for that matter, to send to jail - BP pleads guilty to manslaughter), recent lawsuits filed on behalf of corporations challenge the ACA on the grounds that its mandatory coverage for contraception and some other post-intercourse medications intended to prevent pregnancy, violates the plaintiffs’ rights to free exercise of their religion under the First Amendment and is in conflict with RFRA (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000bb et seq.) So perhaps a corporation has a “soul” after all, or at least a religion it wants to exercise. Hobby Lobby is only one of several of these cases.