Pushing Your Religion Onto Your Employees: Why would that ever be ok?

Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, owners of Triune Health

Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, owners of Triune Health

Yet another private company has sued for the right to push their religious dogma onto their employees — this time in President Obama’s home state of Illinois.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Triune Health Group, an employer of about 80 workers, has filed suit in an effort to exercise a fictitious “right” to withhold contraceptive health care to its employees.  The Catholic owners of the company claim that the Affordable Care Act is infringing on the free exercise of their religion.  Stories like this keep popping up in the news.  Private companies have not been winning this battle though, such as in the cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood.  Courts have said that private companies are not people, and as such “do not pray, worship, observe sacraments or take other religiously motivated actions separate and apart from the intention and direction of their individual actors.”

The flooding of the judicial system with these types of lawsuits has been a hot topic among those that want to keep church and state separate.  As a result of these cases, the Affordable Care Act is indirectly costing taxpayers more money while judges hear frivolous lawsuits brought about by company owners trying to make a political statement.  Private citizens like Kelly Campbell have taken to YouTube to stir up action against companies like Conestoga Wood, urging viewers to flood the company with emails to share their opinions with the company.

What do you think about “corporate personhood” and related First Amendment issues?  Get in on the discussion.

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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • Tim Peacock

    Cross posting this one tomorrow morning :)

    On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Divided Under God wrote:

    > ** > Kevin Davis, Head Writer posted: “[caption id="attachment_228" > align="alignright" width="300"] Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, owners of > Triune Health[/caption] Yet another private company has sued for the right > to push their religious dogma onto their employees — this time in > Presiden”

  • http://gravatar.com/merlallen merlallen

    I’m pretty sure that Founders said that a corporation could only be involved in one business and could only exist for 20 years. Or else, I’m not remembering correctly.


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