Establishment Clause of the First Amendment
It turns out that 1) a corporation is a
person, and 2) a corporation has religious beliefs. Who knew? Seriously, this
was a great year for corporate practice of religion and legislative prayer.
Let’s start with the case addressing corporate religious freedom.
v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2751 (2014)
Norman and Elizabeth Hahn and their
three children own Conestoga Wood Specialties, and David and Barbara Green and
their three children own Hobby Lobby Stores. Arguing that it violated their
religious beliefs, the Hahns and the Greens objected to paying for certain
types of contraceptives such as Plan B and intrauterine devices (IUDs) as part
of their employees’ health coverage as mandated by the Affordable Care Act
(ACA). They filed suit against Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS), to challenge the contraceptive mandate under the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Free Exercise of Religion
Clause of the First Amendment. Justice
Samuel Alito wrote for the 5-4 majority in holding that closely held corporations
are in fact “persons” under RFRA and can thus exercise religion under the act.
Alito defined closely held corporations as those that are family-owned and not
The National Communication Association
(NCA) invites Communication departments and programs across the country to
honor the NCA Centennial with activities
geared toward celebrating the association and discipline. Join the celebration!
Here is how you can get involved.
1) Plan and implement a departmental
celebration. Use NCA’s 100th anniversary to celebrate your
own program and people. Perhaps you could design a way to celebrate your own
pioneers. You could research your history and disseminate your legacy. You also
might organize some of the digital memories associated with your program and
share them with NCA. At your celebration, consider asking people to share what
the study of Communication at your institution means to them.
2) Document the centennial celebration
on your website. When you implement your celebration, document it on
your website to share with others, including your current students,
administration, and alumni. In your documented celebration images, you might
include video clips and text that afford members of the association insight
into your program, people, and what 100 years of NCA and the discipline mean to
3) Share your celebration with NCA.
Prior to NCA’s Annual Convention in November, highlight your centennial
celebration by sending your URL website link to the NCA National Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)). Throughout the
centennial year, NCA’s website will feature select celebrations from across the
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to highlight your program and people
and join in this national celebration of 100 years of NCA! For more information
about this centennial celebration activity, contact Jeffrey T. Child at Kent
State University (email@example.com).