Where men are people, corporations are people, and women apparently just
don't make the judicial cut...
Corporations are people, my friend. Women? Not so much.
This is the kind of ruling where you look at the dissent and you think,
'Oh yeah, this is definitely going to get overturned on appeal,' and
then you realize 'Oh God, there's no appeal.'
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (dissenting):
In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit
corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation
may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’
religious faith- in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby
Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ.
Persuaded that Congress enacted RFRA to serve a far less radical
purpose, and mindful of the havoc the Court’s judgment can introduce, I
...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. Indeed, by law, no
religion-based criterion can restrict the work force of for-profit
corporations... The distinction between a community made up of believers
in the same religion and one embracing persons of diverse beliefs, clear
as it is, constantly escapes the Court’s attention. One can only wonder
why the Court shuts this key difference from sight...
The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor (dissenting):
Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at
our word. Not so today.
Let me be absolutely clear: I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely
believes that signing the self-certification form is contrary to its
religious beliefs. But thinking one's religious beliefs are
substantially burdened... does not make it so. Not every sincerely felt
'burden' is a 'substantial' one, and it is for courts, not litigants, to
identify which are.
The Court's actions in this case create unnecessary costs and layers of
bureaucracy, and they ignore a simple truth: The Government must be
allowed to handle the basic tasks of public administration in a manner
that comports with common sense.
The men who wrote this decision on behalf of the Supreme Court have
entered into a war on women. They have become a blatantly political
activist anti-women political organization. There are some [religious]
beliefs that are so heinous that government should not respect them…
Withholding basic health care from women is bigotry, plain and simple.
We should not accept it, no matter how ‘sincerely’ the belief is held.
O'Neill, President, National Organization of Women
Guess which justices supported corporations' refusal to pay for female
It's good to know that the Supreme Court is dominated by the town elders
Supreme Court rules in #HobbyLobby case that religious preferences don't
have to follow laws.
Your move, Rastafarians.
Hobby Lobby covers Viagra, not IUD; because a fertilized egg is clearly
God's will but impotency clearly isn't.
It may be time for some personal sidewalk counseling by liberals outside
of Hobby Lobby doors.
The U.S. Constitution and the Bible have a lot in common. Few people
have read them in their entirety; they are quoted out of context and
cherry-picked; their official interpreters wear robes and issue
pronouncements that sometimes benefit an entitled few or discriminate
against women and minorities; and their decrees and commandments are
simply ignored when they interfere with the interests of those in power.
The Roberts court has certainly made history. Does the name Dred Scott
ring a bell?
Let me see if I understand this: the Supreme Court upheld the Religion
Freedom Restoration Act by allowing corporations, which the Court
considers to be people, to force their religious beliefs upon those who
do not share those beliefs. Ok. Got it. (facepalm)
Re: today's Supreme Court cases: How many 2000 Nader voters still think
it made no difference whether Bush or Gore won?
Pastafarian business owners free to deny coverage of celiac disease.
My corporation was Wiccan for 1-2 yrs after college and would only cover
hyssop for purification and yarrow flower to dispel negative energy.
Take away our sex ed, contraception, and access to abortions, then
condemn us for having children, then make sure we get unfair wages so we
can't support the children we have. Then take away the social safety net
so we're totally screwed. Then call us irresponsible sluts.
Closely held 21,000 employee, 572 store $2.28 billion dollar retail
craft store chains are people, my friend.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray my Boss my benefits keep
watches me through day and night
Telling me what's wrong and right
Religious freedom is your freedom to live according to the dictates of
my religion's misconceptions, no matter how wrong.
Conservatives are fierce defenders of your freedom to practice their
It's just a coincidence my religious liberty concerns only target women
and gays. And you pointing that out violates my religious liberty.
A Christian business that takes a stand against divorcees would impress
since Jesus actually, you know, mentioned divorce.
If corporations could have abortions, abortion would be tax deductible.
Work's tough now that my boss decided that coffee breaks actually cause
This birth control mandate violates my religious belief that Obama
shouldn't be president.
If forcing you to provide a resource to your employees that they could
use in way you find wrong is immoral, only slavery would be moral.
Be back in a few hours. Boss is making me get circumcised.
Newt Gingrich can now object to your birth control coverage on moral
grounds. Rush Limbaugh. Donald Trump.
On moral grounds.
Church and State,
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