"Corporations are just like people, and they have to deal with an assortment of melancholy, rejection, boo-boos, and owees," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion. "See them, feel them, touch them, heal them."
I can speak little to the practical legal implications of this decision, but as an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, I can think of several reasons Christians should be bothered by Hobby Lobby's victory.
I cannot fault the owners of the closely held for-profit corporations and their lawyers for pressing their claims. That is the owners' right and their lawyers' duty. I can fault the five members of the Supreme Court who issued the decision.
These corporations don't have souls. They are legal entities created by humankind, not living beings created in the image of God. Endowing these artificial institutions with the same religious freedom that you and I have is both theologically troubling and legally dangerous.
To make amends and shore up the "angry bigot" vote, the GOP quickly made the (very bizarre) decision to jump back on the warpath against their once-timid old nemesis, an enemy that has now become, much to their confusion, the most potent foe imaginable: women.
Every month, I refill my prescription for birth control pills and every day at the same time (well, mostly the same time), I swallow one of the little pills with a sip of water. But the reason I started taking birth control pills and continue to take them is probably not what you're thinking.
Reliable birth control that permits women to manage how many children to have, and when to have them, has been nothing short of revolutionary -- not just for women and mothers, but for our country as a whole.
I became even more of a supporter (if that's possible) of a woman's right to choose when, if and how she becomes a mother once I became a mother myself. Guess who and what else shouldn't make that decision for them? Someone's boss. Someone else's personally-held religious beliefs.