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US Supreme Court rules business isn't a religion-free zone

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Stanley Carlson-Thies

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that for-profit businesses would not be required to provide certain abortifacient contraceptives under the new health care legislation if they have a religious objection to the contraceptives. While some, including the dissenting Justices, claim the decision impinges on workers’ and women’s rights, Stanley Carlson-Thies claims it is rather an affirmation of religious liberty. Carlson-Thies explains that the Court ruling left open the option of the government or insurance companies themselves making the contraceptives available to the businesses’ employees.

Carlson-Thies applauds the decision, saying it “vindicates business as a realm where employers can [make] decisions based on religion, charitable impulses, humanitarianism, social justice, and other motivations, and not just maximization of profit.” Carlson-Thies’s article is a good reminder for Christians in business that the gospel makes a claim on the whole person, including the person’s business life, and not just their personal spiritual life. His article also affirms the use of normal legal channels in a democratic society to protect religious freedom. 

From a Christian perspective, how important is it that people in business be allowed to exercise religiously-motivated values other than profit-maximization in their work?

If it is important to for people to exercise these other values, how can Christian business people lead the charge in the organization and operation of their businesses, and also in the way they speak to the rest of the world?

Source: Cardus

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