A little history:
In the first couple of centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christians were martyred for several reasons, but the most common one was that they would not offer incense to an idol of the Caesar (he had his own temple and priests and so forth. It was emperor worship.) Now the Christians went to their deaths because to them it was a big deal. They could not worship any god but the True God and His True Son. But even for those who were not martyred, it was still a huge deal because without this trivial act of burning a little incense, no one was allowed to conduct any commerce. Think of it as a pagan business tax. So a lot of them were little more than slaves.
Fast forward to the present. The judges of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals have said that the Little Sisters have to sign a piece of paper that authorizes a third party payer to write policies for their employees, policies that meet the Affordable Care Act prerequisite of abortion services. That's the big whoop "accommodation" the administration is offering them. They don't have to provide abortion services, they can authorize another company to provide it.
Now... let's look back at the Christians of the 1st and 2nd Century... suppose the Christian merchants had been told... "hey, guys... no big deal. All you gotta do here is sign this little document and old Marcus over here will gladly burn the incense for you. Toss him a couple of denarii and it's a done deal. No harm no foul." Do you suppose that would have been passed muster for the apostles and other the Christians of that day? Hey, no big deal, Sister Mary Margaret, just your john hancock on this little piece of paper and, oh yeah, bend the knee to the emperor and let Claudius the health insurance agent do the dirty work.
That's what our judiciary thinks of as religious freedom.
Here are 2 predictions:
1. The Little Sisters have not yet begun to fight.
2. If they've exhausted every avenue of possible appeal, they'll very reluctantly and with broken hearts, transfer their hospice patients to other homes and lay off their employees. Then they'll go into a cloister and pray for the justices and for us all.