When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision in 2010, providing First Amendment protections for corporationsâ€™ political speech, religious business owners didnâ€™t know how useful that ruling would become three years later in challenges to Obamacare.
At the end of June the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the first to rule that corporations with religious business owners could be entitled to constitutional religious freedom protections. The 165-page decision based its argument in part on the Citizens United decision. The question of whether corporations have religious freedom protections is largely new to courts.
â€śWe see no reason the Supreme Court would recognize constitutional protection for a corporationâ€™s political expression but not its religious expression,â€ť wrote Judge Timothy Tymkovich for the court....
"Christians in the ancient world knew what it was to have accusations and ridicule directed at them for their religious convictions and practices. The report of Jesus' resurrection was taken as an idle tale (Luke 24:11), a lie (Matthew 28:13-15), an impossibility (Acts 26:8). For preaching it, believers were arrested by the Jews (Acts 4:2-3) and mocked by the Greek philosophers (Acts 17:32). On the day of Pentecost the disciples were accused of being drunk (Acts 2:13). Stephen was accused of opposing previous revelation (Acts 6:11-14). Paul was accused of introducing new gods (Acts 17:18-20). The church was accused of political insurrection (Acts 17:6-7). Experts openly contradicted what the Christians taught (Acts 13:45) and prejudicially vilified their persons (Acts 14:2). So, on the one hand, the Christian message was a stumblingblock to Jews and utter foolishness to Greeks (I Corinthians 1:23)." (Greg Bahnsen)