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Infographic: 9 Things You Need To Know About the Hobby Lobby Case

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The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has released a helpful infographic highlighting some key facts regarding Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which will be argued before the Supreme Court tomorrow.

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Upon digesting all of this, it’s worth emphasizing how meek and mild the Greens’ basic complaint actually is. The demands of the State are awfully high for a feature of the faith as small and tolerable as this.

As Ross Douthat once wrote:

If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.

Do opponents actually believe that Hobby Lobby’s stance on this small selection of contraception “threatens all that’s good and decent”? Is such a stance so offensive that it demands excessive economic sacrifice in exchange for (supposed) peace and pluralism? If so, what’s next?

It’s about time we made things clear.

For more information from the Becket Fund, see their Hobby Lobby resource page.

Joseph Sunde is an associate editor and writer for the Acton Institute. His work has appeared in venues such as The Federalist, First Things, The City, The Christian Post, The Stream, Charisma News, Juicy Ecumenism, Ethika Politika, Made to Flourish, and the Center for Faith and Work. Joseph resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and four children.

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