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SCotUS makes the right call in AK case

January 20, 2015

It’s always nice to see appropriate allowances being made for people to celebrate their religious faith, when it doesn’t affect anyone else’s liberty and rights to celebrate their own (or their lack thereof).  As Justice Ginsburg noted:

“Unlike the exemption this Court approved in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., accommodating petitioner’s religious belief in this case would not detrimentally affect others who do not share petitioner’s belief”

Considering that prisons in 40 other states allow for inmates to have beards, and with arguments like “the inmate could smuggle contraband or weapons in his beard” (when there are no laws saying that inmates must shave their heads), it’s surprising the case actually made it as far as it did.

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