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At next week’s arguments, the Supreme Court will debate whether business corporations have religious liberty. Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores with 13,000 employees, along with a small Mennonite furniture maker, seek exemptions from the Obamacare requirement that employer health insurance plans cover certain forms of birth control. The case raises anew the question that sparked so much controversy after the Citizens United case: Are corporations “people” with the same rights as citizens?
In the Hobby Lobby case, the owners of the craft store chain make the same mistake. The owners claim that their personal religious beliefs would be offended if they have to provide certain forms of birth control coverage to employees. Yet Hobby Lobby’s owners aren’t required by the law to do anything. The legal duty falls on Hobby Lobby, the company, not its owners.
originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: stormson
Thats a good point.
Your founding fathers were not too keen on the East India company the original international mega corp.
originally posted by: darkbake
That's right - a corporation is not held back by laws that do not give constitutional protection to the individuals in question. That means that they can take away our unalienable rights (thank you Tenth, I believe?) under the condition that they keep the government in check.
What really matters now are the EULA's or T.O.S. agreements. Think about this. The only housing that you are able to afford in a big city is owned by a mega-corporation that requires biannual inspections in order for you to live there. I already live in an apartment like this - this takes away your second amendment rights.
Or think about this - Facebook collects everything you say or do even though that is a main source of communication between consumers - and in their T.O.S. they slip in that they can sell your conversations to the government, other corporations, or mercenary groups. Let's say, for example, that your health care provider or life insurance agent finds out through Facebook that you are not as healthy as you said prior to signing up - that is a fourth amendment violation, but not so in the hands of corporations.
The thing is, I don't think the writers of the constitution expected corporations to be more powerful than the government - which they really were not until after both the government bail-outs in 2008 and Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United.