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from my Secular Coalition for America (SCA) e-mail this morning:

An Oklahoma federal district court denied a preliminary injunction in a suit by Hobby Lobby claiming that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate violates its free exercise rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court held that secular, for-profit corporations do not have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion (nor rights under RFRA).

nice kick to the groin of Citizens United, at least on the surface. But more to the point:

The court concluded that the mandate does not impose a “substantial burden” on the free exercise rights of the individual owners of the business corporations in violation of RFRA, stating that the “burden of which plaintiffs complain is that funds, which plaintiffs will contribute to a group health plan, might, after a series of independent decisions by health care providers and patients covered by [Hobby Lobby’s] plan, subsidize someone else’s participation in an activity that is condemned by plaintiff’s religion,” and therefore is not substantial. (emphasis mine)

Three cheers for upholding basic American rights.

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