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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