It's been almost a week since the Supreme Court issued their ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, and there appears to be no end in sight to the Left's outrage over the outcome. As expected, given the controversial nature of the issue at hand, most of the ire is reflexive and purely visceral. It's unlikely that many are taking the time to actually educate themselves on the Court's reasoning behind the decision. In their eyes, misogyny and religious fanaticism won out over women's rights, period. On the Right, there is a temptation to fall into essentially the same error: ascribing moral significance to what is in reality a legal decision. While its understandable that conscientious Christians are heartened by the outcome of this case, we must understand that the Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case had virtually nothing to do with the Justices' personal beliefs about the morality of abortifacient drugs, and everything to do – as should be the case – with the law.
In the face of the hysterical fallout over this decision, legal scholar Eugene Volokh penned a piece for The Washington Post aiming to explain the reasoning behind the Court's ruling in layman's terms. He distilled the decision into five simple points, which I've paraphrased here:
1. Congress has decided that religious objectors may go to court to demand religious exemptions from federal laws, when the law makes them do things that they view as religiously forbidden. more >>
A recently released poll by Rasmussen Reports found that among voters in the United States, those who consider themselves pro-life are "at an all-time high."
Among 1,000 people surveyed last week, the report released Sunday found that 44 percent of likely voters identified themselves as "pro-life," versus 48 percent who self-identified as "pro-choice."
A few years ago pastor Farris Wilks of Cisco, Texas, and his brother, Dan, became billionaires from the sale of their hydraulic fracturing business called Frac Tech. Now they are "using the riches that the Lord has blessed" them with, according to CBN, to bring back the Bible in schools and other conservative causes.
Farris Wilks is pastor of his family church in Rising Star, called Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day Church which believes:
"That the Bible, as originally given, was true and correct in every scientific and historical detail. Every translation of the Bible is not necessarily one hundred percent correct, however." more >>
The recent "Hobby Lobby" Supreme Court decision defended the rights of the owners of a company to refuse to fund a health plan that covered abortifacient "contraceptives." The Hobby Lobby owners argued that such medications violated deeply held religious beliefs. So for now, by a disturbingly close 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court has asserted that government has no right to force business owners to violate their conscience-provided that the business is "closely held."
The response of the leaders of both parties demonstrates why medical decision-making and politics are not compatible. It also represents another reason why the federal government should not be involved in health care and why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) deserves to fail.
To illustrate, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, "Today's decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed Constitutional lines in pursuit of" big government. He then added, "The President's health care law remains an unworkable mess and a drag on our economy." more >>
Poverty, violence and other issues aside, women everywhere are focused on being depressed after hearing the "anti-woman" ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Wheaton College v. Sylvia Burwell last week. Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College became embroiled in litigation due to Obamacare's requirement that for-profit employers provide abortifacients to employees, despite their owners' Christian beliefs. As we all know, there is no issue or right more important to women everywhere than to force all employers to subsidize their use of abortifacients.
It doesn't matter that women can easily buy the abortifacient Plan B over the counter inexpensively for $50 without a prescription. It doesn't matter that Planned Parenthood provides abortifacients and birth control free to low-income women. Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent to the Hobby Lobby case, righteously declared, "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."
Five Catholic and mostly white men on the Supreme Court just perpetuated sexism, misogyny and chauvinism into the 21st century, according to three dissenting and caring feminists on the court (never mind that one of them, Justice Kagan, is Catholic too). The War on Women has ratcheted up one notch. Women have never been so oppressed. Ginsburg stated in her dissent that the Hobby Lobby majority decision puts women "into a minefield." Without employer-covered abortifacients, they may as well be in live combat on the battlefield! more >>
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian college in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
The 6-3 split vote, released late Thursday, gives Wheaton College temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs.
During this time, the college cannot be fined by the IRS for opting to not cover emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B and Ella One, which can be taken up to 72 hours and five days after unprotected sex, respectively. more >>