There are those who, when they don’t like something, start twisting words to make others join in their contentious cause. Such is the case in today’s victory for religious rights. Today the Supreme Court upheld Hobby Lobby’s right to follow their conscience. Reading the “Opinion of the Court” it become apparent the ruling was to protect the owners of Hobby Lobby and their religious freedoms.
Unfortunately, there are those who make this all about a “woman’s reproductive rights”. One such group went so far to post a meme on Facebook showing a picture of Viagra and a caption stating “covered”, and a picture of birth control pills stating, “not covered”. Both statements are incorrect. Most insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act do NOT cover male enhancement drugs. All plans are required to cover birth control pills. (Note: Today’s ruling only allows companies to opt-out of cost sharing for practices or drugs that are contrary to their religious beliefs. An analysis today by the Kaiser Foundation made it very clear that this ruling does not effect those covered.)
In addition, many are twisting this ruling to be an assault on women. Even Justice Ginsburg attempts to make this about women, and her dissenting comments seem to ignore the opt-out section of the ruling, and this clause in the ruling:
The most straightforward way of doing this would be for the Government to assume the cost of providing the four contraceptives at issue to any women who are unable to obtain them under their health-insurance policies due to their employers’ religious objections. This would certainly be less restrictive of the plaintiffs’ religious liberty, and HHS has not shown, see §2000bb–1(b)(2), that this is not a viable alternative.
If anything, the ruling was a slap to Congress for not taking care to protect people’s religious beliefs.
Some claim the Greens (owners of Hobby Lobby) are forcing their religious beliefs on others. Well, they should read the ruling. Here why it is not…
- Although the Greens believe life begins at conception, and thus are opposed to abortion, the Greens are not going to fire or not hire someone because they had an abortion. In fact, it would be illegal for them to ask.
- As previously quoted, the court is urging Congress to provide the contraceptives.
- There is no mention of Hobby Lobby’s employees to embrace the owner’s beliefs.
If anything, this was a very libertarian approach to fixing an authoritarian law. Any law that forces someone to do something against their will, that has nothing to do with the safety of the public, is authoritarian in nature.
I applaud the Supreme Court in this ruling. It was the right thing to do.
I took some more pictures at the hill. The stage is progressing nicely.
We’re having a heat wave currently. Hopefully, this will break before pageant starts.