As soon as I read a recent letter concerning the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, I knew that I had to respond to the letter’s distortions and outright lies. First of all, the writer obviously has no knowledge of what the actual decision said about corporations. The term that the court used is “closely held” corporations. According to IRS regulations, a closely held corporation is one in which more than 50 percent of the stock must be held by close family members. This is the case with both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products, which was also a plaintiff in the case. Also required is that the corporation’s objections must be based on sincerely and strongly held religious beliefs.
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