WaPo’s “Eugene Robinson: Hobby Lobby Sort of Like Segregationists,” Mark Finkelstein writes at NewsBusters:
Hobby Lobby’s objection on religious grounds to paying for abortion-causing contraceptives for its employees reminds Eugene Robinson of segregationists who cited the Bible in support of their views. In his great magnimity, Robinson allowed that the Hobby Lobby case “is perhaps a bit different.” But if the WaPo columnist didn’t think the segregation analogy were relevant, he presumably wouldn’t have cited it in the first place on today’s Morning Joe.
There was also a point of light on the show. Donny Deutsch, after announcing that he was “far from a conservative,” nevertheless went on to make the explicitly free-market argument that “nobody is forcing anybody to work at Hobby Lobby.” View the video after the jump.
Would Robinson insist that an African-American owned catering firm couldn’t decline to provide services to a KKK dinner, or that a gay photographer couldn’t refuse to work a wedding between two traditional-marriage activists? Would such refusals also remind him of segregation, or does the analogy arise in the Hobby Lobby case because the firm espouses values with which he disagrees?
Speaking of which, one night last week while at the gym, I watched about a half-hour of The Sixties, the Tom-Hanks-produced CNN series designed for public consumption in airport departure lounges across the country, which was playing on the TV above my treadmill. The segment I watched was devoted to the civil rights movement of the JFK-LBJ era. I was astounded at how much racism in the south in the 1950s and ’60s was caused by politicians of absolutely no political affiliation whatsoever. Perhaps this episode was rushed to air before all of the text could be added to the Chyrons in the segment.