November 1, 2012

“Hobby Lobby set to argue to block health care law”

Which might work, right up until the moment Chief Justice Roberts figures out a way to turn “hobby” into ” individual” and “lobby” into “tax.”  And it can be done, I’ve seen it!

USA Today:

An arts and craft supply chain that wants to block enforcement of part of a new health care law that requires employers to cover insurance costs for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill is heading to court.

Lawyers for the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Stores say the federal law is unconstitutional and violates the company’s owners’ religious beliefs by forcing them to fund the pills, which they say effectively cause an abortion. The company says failure to provide such insurance could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day.

The U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City is scheduled to hear the company’s arguments in favor of an injunction Thursday.

The government says Hobby Lobby is a secular employer that by definition does not exercise religion.

This seems of a piece with the thinking that says “corporations” aren’t people, as if these collections of people, when pulled together, suddenly turn into some amorphous mass of concentrated capitalist evil.

But the fact is, the corporation has an owner, who invested capital into his property, and as nobody has a fundamental right to have others pay for their abortifacient — no matter what the Religion of the State dictates — he, as owner of the property, isn’t violating anyone’s civil rights by providing health care for employees that doesn’t include payment for such things.

Truly, it is bizarre to think that our Constitution has been so perverted by judicial philosopher kings that in a country that was founded on religious freedom, the only religious freedom surviving today is a freedom from having to encounter it.

Up is down. Black is white.  Chris Christie ordered the dinner salad.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:47am
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Comments (14)

  1. - This is obviously just a Fluke.

  2. Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays. They have a sign on their doors that says “We are closed on the Sabbath so that our employees may enjoy worship with their families. Have a Blessed day.”

    They’ve had this policy since they started their stores (which are awesome, btw. Estes rockets!) and they sell all kinds of religious decorative stuff along with the rest of their arts, crafts, models, trains, &c.

  3. Why do all objections to providing various drugs have to be religious in nature? Cannot someone have a moral objection without having it affiliated with a religion?

    The fact that it has gone this far is a warning that it has long since gone too far.

  4. Cranky, it’s because morals/religion are one and the same to many people. Anyone who has morals is a scold.

    Or so they tell me.

  5. More broadly we are rapidly approaching the point where the only freedom surviving is a freedom from having any.

    Everything else being nothing more than permissions.

  6. This also reminds me to stop by the Kingsport store tomorrow – need some brass rod.

  7. I got some scented oil from the hobby lobby and they really weren’t very scenty at all

  8. “Truly, it is bizarre to think that our Constitution has been so perverted by judicial philosopher kings that in a country that was founded on religious freedom, the only religious freedom surviving today is a freedom from having to encounter it.”

    Appointed for life barring impeachment and means no one ever gets in their faces and makes any consequences for them inventing or nullifying law with tricky words. There’s no downside for them binding the executive or subbing for the legislature as their partisan character demands. I don’t think we even yell at them very much. They are a bunch of Captain Cook’s posing as deities before the primitive superstitious islanders. And we buy into it.

  9. “Hobby Lobby set to argue to block health care law”

    Which might work, right up until the moment Chief Justice Roberts figures out a way to turn “hobby” into ” individual” and “lobby” into “tax.” And it can be done, I’ve seen it!

    That right there is the most concise encapsulation of where we’re at than anything that came before it. Awesome.

    Cannot someone have a moral objection without having it affiliated with a religion?

    Indeed it can cranky. It’s a secular moral objection that demands employers provide birth control to their employees.

    It’ll be kinda funny, if people turn to religion to escape the progg moral scolds. You know, when it turns out being Catholic gives you some breathing room…

  10. Why do all objections to providing various drugs have to be religious in nature?

    Because the Founders didn’t think to put Freedom of Conscience in the Bill of Rights.

  11. That’s one of those ones they left somewhere down in the blackhole of the 9th Amendment then, ’cause they were surely aware of it.

  12. I can say that anecdotely, Catholics feel under attack by this administration. His loyal followers aren’t advancing a case for tolerance, either, by demanding that we STFU about our doctrines and loyalty to God and the Church and get with their program.

  13. Up is down. Black is white. Chris Christie ordered the dinner salad.

    In order to be funny it has to be plausible. The only way that fat bastard has greens is when he grazes on the New Jersey governors mansion lawn in between political fellatio’s to teh Won

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