Did the Supreme Court Just Send an Important Signal on Religious Freedom?

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that faith-based nonprofits can be treated in the same way as churches in regards to exemptions to federal retirement plan requirements. This decision, considered a victory by advocates of religious freedom, shows a noteworthy deference by the justices to religious institutions. The case, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, involves the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) which granted “church plans” more flexibility than most other corporations’ retirement plans. Shortly after ERISA was enacted, the IRS told an order of Catholic nuns that their hospital was not included in the exemption because hospitals