Jun. 30th, 2014

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Today the supreme court ruled that, being people, corporations have the right to freedom of religion. The form this freedom takes, in this case, is that people who do not follow the owner's religion must not use their pay to buy anything the owner objects to. Hooray for freedom!

This is a baffling ruling, in which employers and employees are not viewed as citizens engaged in a contractual relationship, each one with the same intrinsic human dignity and right to protection under the law, but as superior and subordinate beings. The corporation's right to freedom of religion trumps any other concern of the employee.

The ruling is so broad it seems that it could soon be impossible to be employed by a corporation without joining the corporate cult. There are already many corporations that operate internally like a cult, and now they will be able to augment themselves with their own custom religions. With their own pet hierophants executives will be empowered to convert their entire companies to religious beliefs centered around amoral labor practices with the full endorsement of the US government. How long do you think it could take to find biblical arguments against overtime, paid vacation, the weekend?

The bible is full of support and helpful tips on managing slavery, and now every US employee is at the mercy of his employer. It may be the lucky ones who are currently working for an evangelical christian who only wants to determine what medical attention you are not worthy of.

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