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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Supreme Court Stupidity in Hobby Lobby Decision

Justice for all? Hardly!
The highest court in the land has delivered a lousy decision, stating that "closely held" corporations ... that is corporations in the hands of a few people ... may inflict their religious beliefs (no matter how misbegotten) upon all of their employees. In this case, this for profit institution declared that its religious freedom was impaired by being required to provide "the morning after pill" to the women it employs via their insurance. As Justice Ruth Ginsburg wrote, now commercial enterprises of small size can opt out of any law they "feel" is incompatible with their particular religious beliefs (never mind if those beliefs are in any way supported by their Bibles or other sacred texts or not). There go injections and blood transfusions for some workers. Who knows what stupidity comes next. Justice Ginsburg articulates well the unfairness of this decision when she states: 

  • "Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community."
For more on what Justice Ginsburg said, see: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/best-lines-hobby-lobby-decision

After this abysmal decision, it is time for Supreme Court members to have term limits. What a mess. This supposed "narrow decision" will have ramifications that bleed out far and wide. 

A final thought: it never fails to irritate me when groups cry out for religious freedom and it is always freedom to inflict their very narrow interpretation of their faith upon everyone else ... or at least in this case everyone who works for them. There's not a lot of freedom in that if you ask me!

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