Celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision (AP)

Celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision (AP)

For this episode, I’m taking on just one topic; the “Hobby Lobby” case decided by the Supreme Court.

On Monday, June 30th, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision saying that companies that are “closely held”, as Hobby Lobby is, could opt out of the new ObamaCare requirement that they cover contraceptives for women, including drugs that induce abortions. Those on the Right were cheering this win for religious freedom, but it occurred to me that, since the vote was 5-4, we’re just one Supreme Court justice away from losing our religion, er, religious freedom. The ruling from the court did not couch it in First Amendment terms, per se, but make no mistake; had it gone the other way, it would have been a precedent for continued chipping away at this constitutional protecting. The whole idea that religion is something you can only practice in your house of worship – or “freedom of worship”, as it has be redefined by the Clintons and others on the Left – is what has brought us to this point.

What kinds of people or government consider religious liberty something to avoid? There are some countries out there that actively do that, but I’m not so sure we want to live in them.

Another part of the Hobby Lobby ruling you may not have heard about; a more strong affirmation that corporations can indeed have a religious component to them. From a story on Politico, “The court appeared to reject, 7-2, the Obama administration’s argument that for-profit companies cannot assert religious rights under RFRA.” RFRA stands for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law created by Democrats, which had massive bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Clinton. Just remember that when you hear Democrats complain about the ruling based on a law they supported.

As previous guest to Consider This, Dale Franks, put it, “If you don’t want your employer making decisions about your health, then you probably shouldn’t ask them to pay for it.”

A couple other bits of information typically lost among the snarkiness coming from the Left include the fact that Hobby Lobby employees make significantly more than the minimum wage; $14 an hour is the minimum for full-time, and $9.50 for part time. So what contraceptives won’t be covered, they can certainly afford them on their own.

But the other not-so-well-known bit of info is that Hobby Lobby insurance already covers 16 out of 20 contraceptive methods on the ObamaCare list. The other 4 are generally after-the-fact, morning-after type that are, in the belief of the Green family that owns the company, tantamount to abortion. You want to prevent conception? They’re with you. You want to end a life? Eh, not so much.

Postscript: During the episode, you’ll hear me talk about some information from a ReligionNews.com article. In it, they cite a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, released in April that said that a majority (55 percent) said yes, a for-profit business owner with religious objections to birth control be subject to the requirement, “even if it violates their owners’ personal religious beliefs”. However, I’ve recently seen a Weekly Standard article noting that a new Rasmussen poll finds that 49 percent of American voters support a religious exemption to the federal government’s contraception mandate, while 39 percent oppose such an exemption. They’re polls, so they really just measure attitudes at a point in time, and who knows what might have changed between April and June. Just an FYI.

Mentioned links:

Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case

SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control

Want birth control? Go buy it. Nobody is stopping you.

When you find out how much Hobby Lobby pays their employees tell every liberal you know

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Show transcript

On Monday, June 30th, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision saying that companies that are “closely held”, as Hobby Lobby is, could opt out of the new ObamaCare requirement that they cover contraceptives for women, including drugs that induce abortions. Those on the Right were cheering this win for religious freedom, but it occurred to me that, since the vote was 5-4, we’re just one Supreme Court justice away from losing our religion, er, religious freedom. The ruling from the court did not couch it in First Amendment terms, per se, but make no mistake; had it gone the other way, it would have been a precedent for continued chipping away at this constitutional protecting. The whole idea that religion is something you can only practice in your house of worship – or “freedom of worship”, as it has be redefined by the Clintons and others on the Left – is what has brought us to this point.

As it is, those on the Left were concerned about a slippery slope for religions that avoid most hospitalization and thus would not want to provide any medical insurance. However, the ruling was rather narrow, and I’d like to highlight an article on ReligionNews.com regarding 5 takeaways that they got from the ruling.

1. Corporations can’t pray, but they do have religious rights. Heck, they have free speech rights; just ask the NY Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones, or any other newspaper or magazine. Free speech is an individual right, and for the purposes of speech, a corporation is treated as a person. Liberals don’t seem to mind that. Having religious rights is not that much of a stretch.

2. The Affordable Care Act isn’t the only way to get contraception to women. As amazing as it may sound to, apparently, many people, it can be done without fining a family-owned business millions, and while not treading on their religious beliefs. I know, I know, who knew? The law requires that the “least restrictive” approach be taken, but that ain’t it.

3. The American people would have ruled differently. Which means that the man or woman on the street has been listening to this whole War On Women rhetoric too long, to the point that they can’t tell what our actual, constitutional rights really are. And apparently, this is also true for 4 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices. What’s their excuse?

4. This court is rah-rah religious rights. The article mentions a few other cases, some decided 9-0, in favor of religious liberty, which is good. But too many have been 5-4 ideological splits, which is troubling.

5. Hobby Lobby won, but the next company to cite religious objections might well lose. The court made clear in this ruling that religion should not always trump the law, and said its decision applies to the contraception mandate, not other insurance mandates. The court also specified that an employer could not use religion to get an exemption from laws that prohibit discrimination — on the basis of race, for example. So those folks screaming “Slippery slope!” will have a tough time proving that prediction. In fact, a slippery slope towards religious freedom is a bit of an oxymoron. We have slid down a slope away from it, and this case is only the latest example that proves that prediction.

What kinds of people or government consider religious liberty something to avoid? There are some countries out there that actively do that, but I’m not so sure we want to live in them.

Another part of the Hobby Lobby ruling you may not have heard about; a more strong affirmation that corporations can indeed have a religious component to them. From a story on Politico, “The court appeared to reject, 7-2, the Obama administration’s argument that for-profit companies cannot assert religious rights under RFRA.” RFRA stands for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law created by Democrats, which had massive bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Clinton. Just remember that when you hear Democrats complain about the ruling based on a law they supported.

The 7 votes include 2 justices who did not at least dismiss that idea, but didn’t outright embrace it either. But regardless, indeed, corporations already have racial components. Just ask many states what their quota is for handing out construction sub-contracting jobs to minority businesses. If a corporation can have a race, it can certainly have a religion, especially a family-owned one like Hobby Lobby.

As previous guest to Consider This, Dale Franks, put it, “If you don’t want your employer making decisions about your health, then you probably shouldn’t ask them to pay for it.”

And I’ve included a link to Matt Walsh’s blog post on this topic in the show notes. Just because it’s a great blog post. Again.

A couple other bits of information typically lost among the snarkiness coming from the Left include the fact that Hobby Lobby employees make significantly more than the minimum wage; $14 an hour is the minimum for full-time, and $9.50 for part time. So what contraceptives won’t be covered, they can certainly afford them on their own.

But the other not-so-well-known bit of info is that Hobby Lobby insurance already covers 16 out of 20 contraceptive methods on the ObamaCare list. The other 4 are generally after-the-fact, morning-after type that are, in the belief of the Green family that owns the company, tantamount to abortion. You want to prevent conception? They’re with you. You want to end a life? Eh, not so much.

And after all of this, consider this. Here’s a corporation that provides jobs, and pays its employees very well. It’s one with a conscience; making decisions based on deeply-held beliefs rather than the almighty dollar. And it provides good products to their customers at a reasonable price. It is precisely the kind of corporation that liberals supposedly yearn for. And yet they hate it. Why? Politics. For the Left, it is always about politics. If you have the wrong politics, it doesn’t matter. If thou givest away all of thy filthy lucre to the homeless, or if thou provideth everyone who cometh to you with a job, and have not Leftist intentions, thou are nothing.

Those familiar with the first couple of verses of 1st Corinthians chapter 13 in the Bible will get that allusion. For those not familiar with it, it describes the primacy of love being the motivator of everything you do. But the Left are enforcing their own orthodoxy. Just keep that in mind when they make their claims of good intentions. Heh, we know where that road leads.

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