What if your boss opposes "Western medicine" and refuses to cover your kids vaccinations and insists you go to a homeopath?— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) November 26, 2013
What if your employer doesn't believe in modern medicine at all & thinks we heal with prayer? Can they refuse employees health care?— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) November 26, 2013
What if your blood transfusions violate your employer's religious beliefs? No surgery coverage?— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) November 26, 2013
What if your for-profit employer believes that AIDS is God's punishment for being gay? Can they opt out of paying for HIV care?— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) November 26, 2013
We could go on and on with these types of questions. And that's because you can claim anything is your "religious belief" and try to claim protection for implementing that belief under the 1st Amendment. I somewhat jokingly tweeting that it's my religious belief that incomes over $1 million shouldn't pay under 60% in income taxes. Seriously though, why isn't that a "religious belief" in the same way Hobby Lobby is claiming opposing contraception is their "religious belief"?
The pope actually wrote recently about how the rising inequality being fostered by economies around the world is bad and that we should be doing more to help the poor. So if I were still catholic (or even if I'm not), couldn't I legitimately claim that my religion dictates that high incomes can't be taxed below a certain level because God mandates that we have to give X amount to the poor?
I doubt the court will address the question of what dictates a religious belief and what doesn't. It will probably just address whether a corporation is entitled to the same 1st Amendment religious protections as an individual. And even though many of the conservatives on this court are Tea Partiers in disguise, I think at least Kennedy and the liberals will rule that corporations don't get 1st Amendment religious protection. It's uncertain, though. And that's scary because if the court rules in favor of the likes of Hobby Lobby it could have huge ramifications for a number of issues and the sanctity of the 1st Amendment.