The Penn Law chapter of the Federalist Society presented a timely conference Monday (March 31) on “Dictating Conscience: Law as a Cultural Weapon,” which included a panel on the Hobby Lobby case recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
At issue in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.
Speakers on the panel included Jordan Lorence, Alliance Defending Freedom; Professor Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame; Alexander Guerrero, Penn Bioethics; and Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.
Lorence and Deneen, supported Hobby Lobby’s position. Guerrero and Amiri, supported the government’s position.
The thought provoking discussion explored the ramifications of the ruling in this case, which will be handed down by June
The panel ended with a question and answer session, in which all of the speakers candidly addressed their opinions about Obamacare, contraception, corporations, and the government’s interest in these topics.
The Hobby Lobby Case: Conscience, Contraceptives, and The Constitution @PennLaw— David Ortiz (@JoseDavidOrtizC) March 31, 2014
“In philosophy, there are hard questions about the metaphysics of belief. What is a belief?”- Prof. Alex Guerrero #pennlaw— Jillian Gutstein (@JillianGutstei1) March 31, 2014
“We should ask not just what the law is, but what the law should be” -Guerrero on the Hobby Lobby Case #pennlaw— Jillian Gutstein (@JillianGutstei1) March 31, 2014
“The questions we should ask are what is the real burden in this case? What is the real burden on moral agency?” -Guerrero #pennlaw— Jillian Gutstein (@JillianGutstei1) March 31, 2014
“We[the ACLU] talk a lot about the history of the use of religion to justify discriminating against others” Amiri on HobbyLobbyCase #pennlaw— Jillian Gutstein (@JillianGutstei1) March 31, 2014
“Can corporations assert religious liberty? A corporation can’t get circumcised.” -Lorence, Alliance for Defending Freedom #pennlaw— Jillian Gutstein (@JillianGutstei1) March 31, 2014