Furniture Company Loses Challenge on Religious Grounds to Obamacare

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While the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Citizens United extended First Amendment protections to corporations' freedom of speech, it doesn't extend the right to freely practice religion to private companies, a federal judge ruled in a case of first impression challenging parts of Obamacare.

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  • Sheila Berry

    I find it nearly impossible to fathom why these employers believe they have the right to stuff their religious beliefs down the throats of their employees. That isn't religious freedom, it's oppression. Take a look at Chalmers v. Tulon Company, 101 F.3d 1012; 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 31089 (4th Cir. 1996), in which the court agreed with Judge Richard Williams, that employees have the right to be FREE from the imposition of the religious beliefs of supervisors and co-workers in the workplace.

  • Judge Navin-Chandra Naidu

    If corporations are deemed "persons" for the purposes of interpretation and applicability, the Citizens United ruling ought to find traction in the arguments advanced by the Mennonite business entity. Judge Goldberg seems to have difficulty in apportioning certain rights to free speech, and restricted rights to freedom of religion both of which find sanctity in the First Amendment. When the learned judge juxtaposed purpose with precedent, we need to get on a constitutional diet!

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