Before reviewing the consequences of the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it’s probably a good idea to point out some of the things that were not affected.
No, birth control pills were not banned.
No, Hobby Lobby employees will not be fired for having premarital sex, nor will they be fired for buying birth control pills on the side (especially since the corporation has agreed to underwrite the cost of most of them).
To counter what forward.com absurdly claims, the ruling does not allow for banning Jews from shopping at businesses.
Where these nuts dream up such ludicrous scenarios series logic and belongs to the realm of science fiction. But more on that dimension of judicial interpretation later.
In fact, access to abortion from one of Kermit Gosnell’s colleagues in the chic infanticide industry wasn’t even grazed by the ruling by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.
And the biggest joke of it all is the limited reach of the ruling, which only affects corporations deemed “closely held” (essentially a non-personal service company in which five or fewer people own a majority interest).
As abortifacients are covered under ObamaCare and as paying for these products runs contrary to the religious beliefs of the owners of the “closely held” company, the high court ruled that they could not be compelled by the federal health insurance statute to violate their faith.
The ruling was more the judicial equivalent of threading a needle than the broad, sweeping judgment its critics hysterically claim, even though too much “truthiness” does not make for effective fundraising material for the latest Democratic cause celebre.
Far from banning products such as the morning after pill the court, in a magnanimous mood with the public coin, even suggested that the government could pick up the tab on the “special” birth control pills that the folks at Hobby Lobby took great and litigious issue with.
Yet the shrieks from the left were both earsplitting and reality distorting.
Particularly from a certain sci fi supporting actor.
Star Trek actor George Takei, who has moved beyond merely advancing the gay and transgendered agenda and has assumed the mantle of proponent of all things lefty, had his opinion on the matter promulgated by The Huffington Post.
Takei is not a lawyer and has enjoyed newfound relevance in part due to posting pictures of cats and pun memes on his Facebook page.
Mr. Sulu takes shots at the fact that Hobby Lobby is a big business and in a smug comment that truly puts the ass in assumption, speculates that the court’s ruling in favor of the Christian-owned arts and crafts giant would be different if the operators were Muslim.
Apparently the Gay Rights champion who spent part of his childhood in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is not yet familiar with the concept of equal protection under the law.
Takei then decries how Hobby Lobby forces its values on its employees (it doesn’t), yet he celebrates on his aforementioned Facebook page every time a federal judge imposes his or her will on a state whose voters and/or legislators legally adopted state constitutional amendments that legally define marriage as that between a man and a woman.
One struggles to figure out whose asininity is greater: Takei’s or the Huff Post’s for broadcasting it as legitimate and relevant view in a Supreme Court ruling conversation.
The people who work in the Hobby Lobby framing department are not serfs tethered to the mat-cutting machine. If an employee does not like working for a Christian faith-based corporation, they have a right to find employment somewhere else; they do not have a right to convert the ownership to secularism.
Any difficulty in finding an alternative work environment is not the fault of the management of Hobby Lobby but the president who has so badly managed the economy and his signature health care program that disincentives some companies from hiring additional workers and has raised overhead for practically all medium sized or larger businesses.
While the Hobby Lobby judgment is indeed a victory for liberty, the sobering reality of the ruling is what should have been universally apparent was only recognized by a bare margin on a court with an aging slight conservative majority.
In his first inauguration as California governor, Ronald Reagan said “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
While conservatives and other friends of liberty should be pleased with the “Hobby Lobby” ruling, we should be cognizant that the freedom asserted on Monday was only one justice away from being overturned.
The results of the next presidential election could determine what freedoms we will yet retain or in the event the forces of statism expand their influence on the Supreme Court, which will go into hibernation if not extinction.