Hobby Lobby and Religious Liberty: One Analyst Predicts Victory


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the Hobby Lobby case, in which that corporation, which is owned by Christians, is challenging some of the HHS insurance mandates.  Hobby Lobby claims the mandates force it to provide contraceptive coverage that includes drugs that induce abortion, and that this is contrary to their religious convictions.

One astute observer, the estimable Matthew Frank, reviews one of the exchanges among the justices here.  He ventures the prediction that Hobby Lobby–and a good version of religious liberty–will prevail.  Let’s pray that he is correct.


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Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press), The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing), and All Shook Up: Music, Passion and Politics (Spence Publishing), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books). His articles have appeared in the Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and First Things. He is a regular contributor to the online journal The Public Discourse. Holloway was a 2005-06 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998.

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