|Ruins of Liberty|
But, Hobby Lobby makes a simple truth clear: If it is true that groups can practice religion corporately, then the United States' government is widely suppressing religious practice.
Christians, of course, are absolutely committed to the idea that religious worship and obedience occurs at both the individual and group level. Romans 12:5 even calls Christians, "one body" or "unum corpus" in the Vulgate's latin. This body or corporation of Christians is the church. (As I recollect, we use the term "corporation" today instead of the older latin terms that were generally used for similar corporate entities in Roman law, i.e. "universitas" and "collegium," because the Vulgate popularized the term.) When Christians worship and live, we believe that we do so as individuals but also as members (integrated parts) of their churches and the Church. Christians have always insisted that they must be free not only to follow Christ individually but also corporately. Indeed, it was for "libertas ecclesiae [the liberty of the church]," i.e. corporate not individual conscience, that Christians won their first fights against the government and paved the way for Western constitutionalism.
Christians used to believe that in any individual or group activity it was possible to glorify God. Hobby Lobby reminds us what constitutional recognition of that would mean: the liberty for any business, school, neighborhood to express, through corporate policy, obedience to God and worship of Jesus Christ. Until Christians are given the right not only to live their faith individualistically but also corporately, they will never see the restoration of religious liberty for which their ancestors suffered and died.