1 Year After Hobby Lobby, 5 Ways Religion Has Been Used to Discriminate

A year ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby didn’t have to include birth control in its employees’ health insurance because of religious objections. Employees from Hobby Lobby and other corporations left without coverage have been paying for their employer’s religious beliefs — literally — ever since.

A year later, here is a look at some other ways religious belief has been invoked to harm other people.

1. Adoption Denied

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny loving homes to vulnerable children.

Adoption Denied

2. Baby Refused Medical Care

In Michigan, a pediatrician said that she would not help a baby because the baby had two moms. Unfortunately, Michigan does not have a statewide law protecting against this type of discrimination.

Baby Refused Medical Care

3. Pregnant Woman Refused Treatment

Tamesha Means was rushed to a Catholic hospital in Michigan after her water broke at only 18 weeks of pregnancy. Based on Catholic religious directives, the hospital refused to terminate the pregnancy and sent her home twice even though Tamesha was in excruciating pain. There was virtually no chance that her pregnancy was viable, and continuing it posed significant risks to her health.

Pregnant Woman Refused Treatment

4. Child Labor Laws Ignored

A judge ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act prevented investigators from requiring the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to answer questions about the use of children as workers at a pecan ranch in Utah.

Child Labor Laws Ignored

5. Same-Sex Couples Refused Service

A Colorado bakery refused to make a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig’s wedding reception in violation of longstanding state law, based on the owner’s religious beliefs. The oral argument on appeal will take place in early July.

Same-Sex Couples Refused Service

For more on using religion to discriminate, go to https://www.aclu.org/issues/religious-liberty/using-religion-discriminate

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Anonymous

One year latter the ACLU still making false claims.

Anonymous

It's "later" lol

C Farmer

And your "evidence" for that?
At least I have the balls to post my name!

Robin Hansen

Anonymous troll, back up your false claim. ACLU is one of the most careful and legally correct of organizations looking out for the rights of all people to equal treatment.

Larry W. Jones

So, Anonymous, (1) what are the false claims that you say the ACLU is making, and (2) what is YOUR side of the story/stories? If there is another side, I'd like to hear it.

Anonymous

Citations that these are false claims?

Lyle Sanders

I notice that a claim is made, but no specifics are given, and no corrections are given. If you are going to claim someone is lying, you need to state what the lie is, and what the truth is, and give evidence for your claim of what is true. You should also be willing to give your name. Since you are making an unsubstantiated, nonspecific claim, I can see why you want to be anonymous.

Wilian yanza

Buenas tardes soy de ecuador y quiero informarme sobre la ayuda que me pueden dar yo fui deportado en el 2010

D.S.Clark

For five years I was a member of ACLU. I found agreement in your fighting for free speech and reproductive rights and even LGBT rights. But I always sensed your protection of religious liberty was half-hearted and then really only for minority religions. Now you have played your hand out in the open. I no longer am religious but came from that and still have some affinity for them. You have unveiled yourself to be an enemy of Christianity, just like they said you were.

Now be careful holy, righteous ACLU, modern Robespierre. You are about to lead the charge for a group that is going to be as vicious and vindictive as any you ever opposed.

P

Thank you for speaking up for us "conservative" Christians. We have lost our freedom of speech, and we are about to lose our freedom of religion too as politicians are telling us we need to change our views (or what?). Some may say I'm exaggerating but look at history, this has happened before but today is worse because of the internet - our world is closer than it ever has been before. ACLU have indeed played their hand out in the open, and they indeed are an enemy of Christianity, just like we said they are. It's a shame that many people will close their eyes to this, whether those people are Christians or not. Thank you.

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