Movsesian on Reach of Hobby Lobby Decision
ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby beat the contraception mandate. Here's why the nuns may not
By David Gibson | Religion News Service
The Washington Post
When the Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-based nonprofits would have it easy when their own cases eventually reach the high court.
Yet many analysts say that in fact what worked for Hobby Lobby — the national craft store giant owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians — may not necessarily work for the Little Sisters, who operate nursing homes for the poor around the country.
The nuns are the main plaintiff for a range of religious nonprofits and institutions who argue, in cases that paralleled the claims of for-profit businesses, that complying with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide free birth control coverage would violate their religious freedom because they object to contraception.
And at First Things, a conservative journal of religion and politics, St. John’s University law professor Mark Movsesian conceded that “the language [of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision] here is a bit opaque and may cause trouble in future.”