Faith groups divided in their reaction to court’s decision affirming religious rights

By Michelle Boorstein

June 30, 2014

U.S. faith groups were starkly divided in their reaction Monday to the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the religious rights of corporations, with some seeing a narrow decision protecting the religious liberty of business owners and others seeing a profane intrusion into the beliefs of employees.

Traditional Christians and Jews in particular celebrated Monday’s decision, which comes at a time when many feel conservative religious beliefs — especially around sexuality and marriage — are slipping in official status.

“Justice has prevailed,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement. “We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business . . . Now is the time to redouble our efforts to build a culture that fully respects religious freedom.”


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