|By Mike Argento, York Daily Record, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
He was upset because, he wrote, as a Christian, he did not condone gays and he felt that, by working there, he was being forced to honor something that he believes shouldn't be honored. He wrote, "I hold no hatred or animosity for gays but I do not and cannot celebrate or condone this Ideal. ...This is offensive to me as it will appear that all employees embrace this Ideal. We celebrate one
I'm being purposely vague about the guy and his employer because he feels he may face repercussions for speaking out on the issue -- a possibility, I suppose. He has the right under the First Amendment to express his opinions -- a right, to paraphrase Voltaire's biographer, we should defend to the death -- but the corporation that owns the business also has First Amendment rights that may trump his rights, at least according to the
Which brings us to the Supremes' ruling in the case involving
By its usual 5-4 vote, the court ruled, essentially, that corporations, like human beings, can hold religious views.
That comes as a surprise to many of us who believe that corporations are large, faceless, soulless entities specifically designed to make tons of money while evading any responsibility for their actions.
It raises a lot of questions. Where do corporations go to church? How to they fit in the pews? Do they tithe, putting stock options in the collection basket? (Sure, they do.)
It seems silly to even consider that corporations can hold religious beliefs. Although, as comedian