Burwell V. Hobby Stores, Inc.

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Should corporations be given religious freedom? The case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has opened the door for corporations to deny all kinds of protections and laws to their employees. What if the corporation in question was a car insurance company, and they did not want to cover their employees birth control? Would they still hold the same position if a citizen (or a whole state) claimed religious exemption to being forced to purchase car insurance? When asking if corporations should have religious freedoms, I think the more crucial question is should a corporation be considered a person. This relates to how we interpret the 14th Ammendment of the US Constitution. Only the people within the grouping of the corporation should be considered people and have religious freedom. Also, the rights of one person should never take precedent over, or limit, the rights of another. Let 's start with a bit of history as I think it helps to understand where we came from, and possibly where we are going, as a country. (1) “Having thrown off English rule, the [American] revolutionaries did not give governors, judges or generals the authority to charter corporations. Citizens made certain that legislators issued charters, one at a time and for a limited number of years. They kept a tight hold on corporations by…show more content…
(2) “If corporations were not (in some sense) persons, they could not own property or hold bank accounts. And without those 2 things, operations would literally be impossible. (And that goes not just for corporations, but for all other large organizations, including cooperatives and nonprofits.)” He seems to have forgotten that for hundreds of years businesses had been successfully conducting operations, without being considered

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