Compliments of 'your' Supreme Court, the front line of theological discourse today is whether or not corporations have a path to salvation that trumps yours.
The majority ruling yesterday is QUITE explicit in its focus: That when we ascribe religious rights to corporations we are really talking about the religious rights of their owners...and we're going to give them rights to use their property to dominate you with their views, because freedom of religion - namely, theirs not yours.
Now, a property based supremacy of legal privilege, even of faith, might appeal to you. You might see yesterday's ruling as evening the score somehow, a proper retribution for bakers having to bake cakes for disagreeable customers.
The problem with that joy: The court didn't excuse refusing service of that kind. It only addresses denying contraception, contraception to women only, and only if large shareholders of closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby want to do that sort of thing. Other cases will have to come along to deal with cakes and other instances where God says disagreeable persons have to leave the store or can't get equal pay because men are better per Scripture or whatnot. And those cases might even go the same way as Hobby Lobby's fortunes.
So the range of this property-based right to deny service (to discriminate, because religious freedom) may later expand to enshrine the rights of bakers to non-bake disagreeable cakes. For the time being, though, in the Alito framing it's about giving corporations their right - and by that he means the people who own large stakes in those corporations.
Even if you like how the company in the case thinks, you might not appreciate how the next corporation rolls. But you won't be able to do anything about it, because God (and more germane to U.S. case law, the Roberts Court) has got their back, or so that future company will say. And since there's no way to test the sincerity of such a claim, I guess that must be so.
What that means is that everyone, and I mean everyone, who isn't at a lofty level of personal net worth to be on the board of a closely held company is in the back of the bus together. Bakers and their unwelcome customers alike.
But look on the bright side: Corporations have a path to salvation now...and per the Supreme Court, for the moment at least, that path takes precedence over yours.
Can I get an 'amen'?