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Monday, June 30, 2014

Just What Are Hobby Lobby's "Sincerely Held Beliefs?"

On the eve of the SCOTUS' stunning decision that apparently corporations now have the same religious rights as individuals, I am at a loss to describe all the gigantic holes that were left by the gang of five in this unreasoned and ridiculous pronouncement.

First, apparently, only some corporations are eligible for this religious test.  You have to belong to only certain kinds of religions.  The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Amish were singled out as not being the correct kinds of religions specifically.  And I am sure there will be more (I'm looking at you Muslims!)  Or any other kind of 'exotic' non-christian types.

Second, the type of corporation makes a difference.  But that's a smallish problem since the 'closely-held' type they specified covers almost 90% of workers in the US today.  So they did get to the majority of the workforce.  Nice shot!

But here is the best one of all - there was no examination of the 'sincerely held beliefs'.  The two plaintiffs in the case BELIEVE that the four drugs and one device named in the suit cause abortions.  THEY DO NOT! This is a scientific matter, not a matter of belief.  Birth control pills prevent ovulation from taking place the same way a pregnancy does.  An IUD prevents an egg from being fertilized.  These are not abortions.

In any case, Hobby Lobby, the lead plaintiff, holds stock in companies that manufacture devices and drugs that are used in ACTUAL ABORTIONS!  Yes, you heard that correctly!  So the fact that Hobby Lobby's owners' sincerely held beliefs regarding the abortion issue was not examined is a big deal.  And they do NOT have any.

This whole case was about Obamacare and was totally political.  Hobby Lobby has been providing contraceptive coverage under its healthcare policies in California and in many other states for over 15 years as mandated by those states - just like the ACA mandate for contraceptive coverage.  And they have been doing so without a peep for all that time.  It is only because these people hate Barack Obama so much that it even became an issue.

"Sincerely Held Beliefs?"  Yeah - the only sincerely held beliefs they hold are that they hate this President and will do anything they can to undermine, disrespect, and destroy his agenda and programs that they can.

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