Monday, June 30, 2014

Color me surprised……the conservative SCOTUS led by Judges Scalia and Alito,  ruled again for the corporations of this country. At least the fundamentalist Christian ones. And not helping women again. On one issue, but just wait for the flood gates to open when all these lawyers (with the sign of the fish at the bottom their yellow page ads…) get ahold of enough clients who are being "forced" to go against something-or-another.

While those on CNN, FOX and all the other rightwing outfits are hooping and hollering about "beating down that Obama"…their main aim all along anyway….there is another side to all of this.

“One way to look at it is this: The whole point of establishing a corporation is to create an entity separate from oneself to limit legal liability,” he  (David Gushee) writes. “Therefore, Hobby Lobby is asking for special protections/liability limits that only a corporation can get on the one hand, and special protections that only individuals, churches and religious organizations get, on the other. It seems awfully dangerous to allow corporations to have it both ways.
"..might be good news for the wealthy private business owners like the heads of Hobby Lobby, but for millions of religious Americans sitting in the pews....their sacred and constitutional right to religious freedom just became compromised."
Just one more step in erroding the rights and privileges of many of us in this country, but maybe it will also make people take another look at how they view the role of corporate/religion in their everyday lives. Seems like all the "democracy and liberty" the Repubs want to risk more lives for in the Middle East are slowing being yanked from us here at home. It is one thing to believe, pray, and worship a certain way. (I was raised a Southern Baptist myself…) It is quite another to think everyone else must do so also. 

To quote Justice Ginsburg in her dissent: “Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community,” Ginsberg pointed out. “Indeed, by law, no religion-based criterion can restrict the work force of for-profit corporations.”

Another insightful take on this subject:

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