In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners.
Whose, one wonders? Does the fictive corporate person have a separate religious identity, perhaps supervening on the identity of the shareholders? Does the CEO now take on the role of high priest? Does the corporate soul carry the taint of original sin? Does the corporation have a soul? Can it be forgiven through confession and acts of contrition?The court seemed ready to accept that at least some for-profit corporations may advance claims based on religious freedom.
At least, when the supremes get their way, it will become intelligible to tell corporations to go to hell.