Hobby Lobby decision affirms religious liberty

July 10, 2014 • Editorial

Jonathan Rauch had this take after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow for religious liberty with its Hobby Lobby decision last week.
“The bottom line is nobody should hyperventilate about this ruling,” said Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “It’s the beginning of a conversation about where to draw these lines, not the end of a conversation.”
We agree. This case is neither the disaster that the left has made it out to be nor the grand victory the right has claimed. It was not a First Amendment case but rather an opinion on a federal statute, which could be changed by Congress. The court reached a reasonable decision here that protected the religious freedom of a specific, narrow class of people while suggesting a way for the government to achieve its goal.
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