That’s the central question in Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., though you could hardly tell it from Tuesday’s oral argument. My guess is that the Court’s answer will be no.
The big hoo-hah over Arizona SB 1062 has provided the culture wars with a new conservative meme. It’s that liberals have stopped supporting exemptions from laws that burden some peoples’ religious free exercise.
A survey taken just prior to Gov. Brewer’s vetoing of the notorious SB 1062 shows Americans opposing the bill by a margin of 66 percent to 20 percent while at the same time strongly supporting “a private photographer’s right to not photograph a same-sex wedding for religious reasons.” What gives?
Part of me would like Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to surprise everybody and sign SB 1062, aka the Religious Freedom to Discriminate Against Gays Restoration Act. That way, a gay or lesbian in Flagstaff, Phoenix, or Tucson — the only jurisdictions in the state that currently bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — could go to court and get a ruling that Arizonans’ religious freedom no more allows such discrimination in business than it allows discrimination on the basis of race or gender or religion itself.
To listen to conservative wind machine, you’d think that the Great Obamacare Contraception Mandate (GOCM) is a new assault on religious liberty in America. Think again.
Maybe evangelicals haven’t thrown in the towel on same-sex marriage, but they’re beating a strategic retreat.
Now I know you all have been wondering to yourselves, “Where’s the religious angle in the Great Christie Bridge-Lane Closing Scandal?” Well here it is, straight from a guy who grew up in the Garden State.