In FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein’s new Huffington Post piece, ‘Corporate Religion’ Threatens Everyone he begins with with the following question and statement; "What religion does ExxonMobil observe? How about Cargill, or Ford? If the question seems absurd, that’s because it is — corporations don’t have religions."
This is why in January we submitted an amicus (friend of the court) brief to the Supreme Court in the Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius court case to argue that the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion is for real, live people—not corporations.
We are proud to have been joined on this brief by two co-signers: Auburn Theological Seminary, an institute committed to building the multifaith movement for justice, and Hollender Sustainable Brands, the manufacturer of Sustain, the first sustainable, fair trade condom in the U.S.
On March 25th, the Supreme Court heard argument in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, and its companion case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, brought by the Hobby Lobby craft store chain. (Which we were inside the courtroom for).
Watch this video of Jeffrey Hollender to learn why Sustainable Brands decided to join the brief and why he believes business and religion should be kept separate.
These cases aren’t just about whether corporations can disregard the insurance coverage requirements of this new federal law. The broader question is whether corporations will now try to extend the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to challenge other local, state, and federal laws, and threaten even further the basic promise of our Republic: government of, by, and for the people.