ROSS DOUTHAT thinks liberals should object less strenuously to the Hobby Lobby decision because religion often impels corporations to do things that liberals would consider morally praiseworthy. He points out that Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft shops, was itself lauded by the left-wing website Demos last year for paying its employees excellent wages and donating to charities, and that this sense of ethical responsibility flows from the Christian convictions of its owners.
Mr Douthat's argument is a mess. Liberals do not object to Hobby Lobby paying its employees higher-than-average wages out of a sense of Christian responsibility; they object to it trying to dictate the sexual and reproductive choices of its employees, whether out of a sense of Christian responsibility or not. They...Continue reading