In the nine kinds of how stupid can you be, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby that…
“The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Obama’s healthcare law that requires companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.
The court held on a 5-4 vote on ideological lines that such companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the healthcare law. The decision means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.”
Excuse me? Separation of CHURCH AND STATE? Individual Rights?
“In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called it a “decision of startling breadth” in which the “court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, can opt out of any law, saving only tax laws, they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.” She said the ruling will leave thousands of women without the contraceptive coverage promised by the law. Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined her dissent.”
This is a terrifying precedent to set and it MUST be challenged on Constitutional grounds. The Supreme Court of the land has now officially intruded on the RIGHTS OF WOMEN to have access to medical care.
It intrudes on the bedroom in every home in America:
“The company owners involved in litigation around the country do not all oppose every type of birth control. Some, including Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, object only to emergency contraceptive methods, such as the so-called morning-after pill, which they view as akin to abortion.”
It muddies the division between church and state and challenges religious freedom based on whose side of the corporate divide you happen to fall.
Well, HOBBY LOBBY, this customer votes with her wallet and refuses to ever purchase anything from this corporate entity. Stay out of my bedroom, stay out of my religious preference, my sexual orientation, stay out of my vagina. If you’re so hot to fuck something, I can produce a list of lobbyists who might suit very nicely.
ADDENDUM: Implications for the LGBT community
ADDENDUM #2: Hobby Lobby Investment Hypocrisy
ADDENDUM #3: Here comes the anti-gay discrimination crew jumping on the Hobby Lobby bandwagon
ADDENDUM #4: CORPORATE THEOCRACY, read all about it.
ADDENDUM #5: The blistering dissent from Justice Ginsberg
I’ve refused to shop at Hobby Lobby for years now, ever since one came to our then-hometown in Florida and we walked in to be surrounded by all the religious stuff. Not that I mind that in general – in fact, I was most amused to shop there the first couple of times, buying objects with which we garnished our (very) Pagan altar, but when we heard what they wanted to do a la birth control and deciding who gets what coverage just because they happened to be women who worked for them, we swore off them, period. Same as Chick-Fil-A – we do not patronise them, either, but not because they embrace a subset of religion we do not, or hold opinions with which we do not agree, but because they USE THEIR PROFITS and their standing as a company to DENY OTHER PEOPLE THE SAME RIGHTS THEY ALREADY HAVE. It’s revolting and ridiculous. I think (and hope) we’ll see a vast backlash against this decision today in the months to come, and I also think that we’ll see lawsuits in the years to come that will overturn this revolting decision. I understand that it’s narrow – but you know what, that’s not good enough for me, not when it ‘narrowly’ takes away someone’s rights just because a bunch of CEOs decided that their Bible – not mine, theirs – told them they could do it.