Looks like it will be, once again, up to some old, male asshole, this time in the form of Justices Anthony Kennedy as well as Roberts, to decide what rights as pertaining to reproductive choices and bodily autonomy, women should be granted.
Justice Kennedy believes that the government’s case would basically “force corporations to pay for abortions” – making many believe that Kennedy’s belief that this is an abortion case was an indicator that the Supreme Court was going to side with Hobby Lobby and other plaintiffs. Kennedy has not cast a pro-choice vote in 22 years and is not likely to change his position this time.
It is interesting to note that Hobby Lobby objects to four forms of contraception on the mistaken ground that these contraceptive methods are actually forms of abortion — a brief filed by numerous medical organizations explains that they are not (not that even if they were, it should matter)
Roberts, however, suggested that someone’s mere belief that something is an abortion is enough to trigger a religious exemption to federal law.
Let me repeat what you just read:
Justice Roberts suggests that someone’s mere belief that something is an abortion is enough to trigger a religious exemption to federal law.
Beautiful. Now we are at a point where the highest court of the land and its Justices state that someone’s “mere belief” – absent any factual evidence – “is enough to trigger a religious exemption.”
When a Chief Justice is advocating for superstition in the from of religious belief to write the law of the land as opposed to facts, then we are in far more trouble than I had even imagined we could be. For such a notion to hold sway in a court of law is profoundly disturbing.
How can someone make a legal decision based on what someone “believes”?
If this goes through, you will have corporations filing for religious exemption on any and all laws they can find to pretty much discriminate against anyone they want – as long as they say they “believe” it, of course.
“See, your Honor, playing the piano causes abortions, even though there is absolutely no scientific evidence supporting this, so I want to be able to ban my employees from playing the piano on their off time.”
“See, you Honor, paying minimum wage violates my religious beliefs (and just take my word for it that it does, good sir), so I really don’t think I should have to pay abide by minimum wage laws.”
“See, you Honor, hiring blacks violates my religious beliefs (and just take my word for it that it does, good sir), so I really don’t think I should have to hire them.”
“See, you Honor, having a black person sit at my lunch counter violates my religious beliefs (and just take my word for it that it does, good sir), so I really don’t think I should have to let them sit at the lunch counter of my restaurant.”
Etc., etc. etc.
The SCOTUS is going to ensure that the “Slippery Slope/Hobby Lobby Act of 2014” passes, ensuring all employers that worship flying spaghetti monsters in the clouds and who believe that said flying spaghetti monsters who prohibit them from paying for any and all medical coverage because of “religious conscience” will be legally allowed to do so. Have cancer or heart disease? Too bad because your employer believes that prayer and herbal tea cures these things.
This is religious supremacy.
Now we are at a juncture in our history where those writing the highest law of the land (and not, as one would think, some “extremist religious nut jobs” – a strawman a lot of god and religion apologizers like to use as ostensible “proof” that religion is misunderstood because, allegedly, only a few on the fringe are like that, not everyone. Uh.huh) really think that a person’s mere belief in something, regardless of the facts, was grounds for legally discriminating against another group in the grossest and most transgressive way possible.
See how religion and god have managed to stick and lodge their rancid, oppressive tentacles into the very fabric of society to the point where lawmakers assert that mere belief in something, whether based in reality or not, was enough to enact a law based on such a belief?
These are not the principles that this nation was founded on and making laws respecting establishments of religion or religious belief does not only go against the First Amendment but makes us a mere theocracy.
I find it frightening to think that in this day and age, and when presented with the scientific fact that birth control is not abortion, people who “feel” that it is, can get their way and thus get to make decisions that affect millions – all over how they feel.
Religion really is a disease. Always interjecting, always fucking it up for everyone else and no one is allowed to talk about it openly because doing so is “rude” and non-PC.
It’s a good thing that with all these righteous, pious men who are only doing god’s work blah blah fart, it is atheists who are the least trusted entities in the country, aside from rapists, that is.