On The Posner Show, Sarah talks to Caroline about the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby. Is the decision a narrow one, as the majority insists, or one of “startling breadth,” as Justice Ginsburg charges in her dissent? They discuss how the decision affects religious non-profits that have also challenged the contraception mandate. How did the decision expand the scope of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Will HHS now step in to provide contraception coverage for Hobby Lobby employees? Might some companies try to game the system to save money? Did the government make a mistake by not challenging Hobby Lobby’s claim that emergency contraception and IUDs are abortifacients? Plus: How Hobby Lobby will affect gay rights cases.
Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.