“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!
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.