[Rushtalk] Local Boneheads........

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Fri Jul 4 19:26:21 MDT 2014

         This is what passes for "logical, 
analytical thinking" from the local newspaper:

A foolish mistake by the high court

Published Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm (Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm)
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There are so many things wrong with the Supreme 
Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case it’s difficult to decide where to begin.

The high court ruled the other day, in a 5-4 
decision, that Hobby Lobby and other closely held 
corporations are not bound by the contraception 
mandate in the Affordable Care Act if it violates their religious beliefs.

The Green family, Christians who own the massive 
arts-and-crafts company, contended certain 
contraceptive methods – two so-called Plan B 
pills and two intrauterine devices – were the 
equivalent of abortion. Doctors and researchers 
would tell you they’re wrong about that, but it 
didn’t seem to matter to the conservative 
majority on the court. As we know, on that side 
of the political spectrum, religion trumps science.

So, essentially, the same justices who determined 
a while back that corporations are people have 
now given some of those “people” special 
religious rights that allow them to ignore laws with which they disagree.

In a blistering dissent, Justice Ruth Bader 
Ginsburg stated, correctly in our view, the 
majority on the court had “ventured into a minefield.”

It’s not just a slippery slope. It’s a sheet of ice slathered in Crisco.

Under the court majority’s reasoning, there would 
seem to be little to stop other business owners 
from using their religion to opt out of any 
number of other drug coverages or procedures. For 
instance, a Jehovah’s Witness who shuns blood 
transfusions could refuse to cover that procedure 
for his employees. Want to vaccinate your kids? 
You might be digging into your own pocket if your 
boss is a devout Christian Scientist. The 
possibilities seem endless, and harmful to the overall public health.

We also agree with Ginsburg’s view that even if 
the court determined the contraception 
requirement was a burden to Hobby Lobby, fellow 
plaintiff Conestoga Wood Specialties and others, 
it is clear covering birth-control measures for 
women is “a compelling interest in public health and women’s well being.”

And we can only imagine what the reaction would 
have been if a case was brought by a Muslim 
business owner trying to put his beliefs before 
the health-care interests of his workers. 
Knuckleheads such as Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter 
would be screeching, “They’re trying to impose Sharia law!”

We also must note the level of hypocrisy on the 
part of Hobby Lobby borders on the astounding.

First, before the Greens decided to sue the 
government, some of the same contraceptives the 
company ended up challenging in court was covered 
under Hobby Lobby’s health plan, presumably 
without deleterious effect on the owners’ souls.

Second, according to a Mother Jones report, a few 
months after the company filed its suit, it 
submitted documents to the Department of Labor 
showing the Hobby Lobby retirement plan “held 
more than $73 million in mutual funds with 
investments in companies that produce emergency 
contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices and 
drugs commonly used in abortions.”

Third, Hobby Lobby buys quite a bit of cheap 
merchandise from China, which is known not only 
for borderline gulag labor conditions but also 
for abortions, which are a government service 
available on demand and sometimes forced on 
women. But by all means, look the other way. It’s better for business.

We also wonder whether the folks at Hobby Lobby 
realize that by denying contraceptive coverage to 
their employees, they actually are increasing the likelihood of abortions.

Don’t kid yourself into thinking this case was 
about morality and what Jesus would do. From the 
filing of the lawsuit to the decision by the five 
justices, it was politics, pure and simple.
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