Morally Regulatable Lives: Corporate Sovereignty, the Rise of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and the Ironic Demise of The Walt Disney Company’s Reedy Creek Improvement District

By Ashton P. Jones-Doherty. 

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is a misunderstood case. Since the decision in 2014, scholars have split into two camps, debating Hobby Lobby’s religious liberty concerns. One camp argues Hobby Lobby unconstitutionally allows corporations the right to enact religiously motivated policies where the corporate purpose is purely secular, whereas the other camp argues Hobby Lobby simply affirms an ownership’s right to control the corporation pursuant to their religious interests without government intervention. Both camps miss Hobby Lobby’s underlying reasoning, debating the religious liberty interests while ignoring the case’s constitutional affirmation of corporate sovereignty. Full Article.