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June 30, 2014 - 8:01 am

Republicans on the Hill cheered the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, particularly as they try to chip away at President Obama’s healthcare law, but Democrats said it steeled their resolve to press on.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years, and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree that this particular Obamacare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).”

Fifteen current members of Congress, including McConnell, voted for RFRA in 1993.

The court found that privately held companies, such as family-owned Hobby Lobby, do not have to provide contraceptives to employees that violate the owners’ religious beliefs.

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is an important victory to protect Americans’ fundamental right of religious freedom,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who authored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” and filed an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. “Americans should not be forced to choose between giving up their business for their faith or giving up their faith for their business. I applaud the Court’s decision today, which simply affirms the fundamental religious freedom that Americans have enjoyed for more than 220 years.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) called the ruling “another blow against the Obama Administration’s unprecedented overreach into the lives of Americans.”

“The Justices made it clear that the Administration does not have the power to force religious leaders and organizations in our country to replace their own moral standards with Washington’s one-size-fits-all mandate,” Barrasso said.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is also another reminder that the President’s health care law was poorly written and continues to hurt more people than it helps.”

Democrats, though, were slower to react, lambasting the decision while weighing how the high court ruling could affect legislative efforts going forward.

“It is no surprise that Republicans have sided against women on this issue as they have consistently opposed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Republicans have also blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would bring us closer to the promise of equal pay for women,” said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “In the wake of this dangerous precedent set by the Supreme Court, Democrats in Congress will continue to fight on the issues of importance to women and their families.”

“While the First Amendment protects the rights of an individual to freely practice his or her religion, I fundamentally disagree with the idea that a for-profit corporation is capable of religious belief. Hobby Lobby is a nationwide chain employing more than 13,000 full-time employees and earning more than $2 billion in annual revenue. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and its owners receive all of the benefits that go along with that structure,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

“The argument that such a business – as opposed to its owners – has religious beliefs is an unfortunate, if predictable, consequence of the decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The Court has decided that the religious beliefs of a corporation’s owners are more important than those of the vast majority of Americans who see no conflict between their religion and safe, legal methods of contraception,” Coons continued.

“Decisions about a woman’s health care should be made in a doctor’s office, not in a boardroom. If certain contraceptive options violate a woman’s personal religious beliefs, she is free not to pursue those options, but her employer should not be allowed to make that decision for her.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I think it's important to remind the left that private corporations have the right to act on their beliefs: compare their reaction to Hobby Lobby not wanting to pay for behavior they disapprove of with their reaction to Mozilla firing an employee who's behavior they disapproved of.

The left has no problem using the law to enforce their moral precepts. They're not against religious tyranny, they only quibble on which religion has public power.
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"Could a "Christian corporation" decline to give employees of other faiths time off on their religious holidays, such as Hannukah or Ramadan?"

Already covered by "reasonable accommodation" requirements.
The answer is almost certainly a resounding "no".

"Could a "Jewish corporation" - or a Muslim one - refuse to hire people of other faiths simply because they aren't of the same faith?"

Already covered by "non-discrimination".
The answer is a resounding "no".

"Is the Supreme Court saying, in effect, that the religious faith of its owners are sufficient justification to deny some benefits to employees?"

No. It is saying that religious faith is sufficient justification to receive a reasonable accommodation from the government which must instead find the least intrusive method possible of providing benefits to individuals.

"How do you suppose the Obama administration will respond?"

To a considerable degree this is because of an extra-legislative, executive fiat mandate. As such, I am sure the administration will whine and blame "bitter clingers" and all that.
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As the proponents of Sandra Fluke's wisdom seethed....

Just the thought brings a smile to my face.
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My classmate's sister makes $84 /hr on the computer . She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $15840 just working on the computer for a few hours.
browse around this website
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Only 50% of American adults are women. What about the other 50%? As the mother of two young men, I have an eagle eye on how crimpled bigots like Ginsberg are setting up America's sons for an anti-man century, witness the delights of exta-legal and life-ruining charges on campus, etc.
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It's against my religion to have the POTUS bow before Arab royalty.
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VRWC seems as ignorant as VLWC. Ruling ONLY covered "abortion inducing morning after pills"! For closely held corporations that have an ownership religious belief that abortion is contrary to their convictions.
That said, hopefully this'll be an open door for the Muslims to litigate their "honor killings" "sharia compliant female genital mutilations" "jihadi required killing of Christians/Jews/ Everybody."
Leftoid head explosions expected.
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I used to pay for my owned damed B.C. Pills...WHY would today's young women want their employer or the government, "all up in their 'lady business'"? That's just creepy to have all these various entities knowing about your sex life!!
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Can the people that update and maintain the front page please put a moratorium on showing photos of Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

We don’t need to see that…no one needs to see that…please, for the children…
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Upon further review:


UPDATE: Our friend Mark Arnold, a distinguished appellate attorney, writes that the decision in Hobby Lobby is “all smoke and mirrors” because “the less restrictive alternative that the majority settled on is a certification by Hobby Lobby that it opposes contraceptive coverage, after which the insurance company must provide that coverage for free.” Accordingly, “the premium charged to Hobby Lobby will necessarily include the cost of the free contraception.”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/supreme-misery-for-the-left.php



In other words, leftist heads are exploding all over the country and we are finding nothing in them.

The decision not only doesn't say what the D-Baggery Party is telling their empty cranium cultists...it doesn't say...much of anything.

A closely held corporation doesn't have to provide abortion assistance, but the insurance company can give people who don't want to pay a couple of dollars out of their pockets all the hump til you drop tools they want.

Woodstock Jihad, where rational thought goes to die.
25 weeks ago
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Hobby Lobby can expect yearly IRS audits, complete with lost and destroyed evidence of their future targeting for weaponized agency abuse.

R's are rejoicing. The D-bags are plotting distortion messaging, circumvention strategies...and revenge.

Hell hath no fury like totalitarian, seditionist, Woodstock Jihad scorned.
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This is great news...if you are a corporation. Corporations now have free speech rights (thanks Citizens United!) and religious freedom (thanks Hobby Lobby!), two of the most important rights our Constitution gives to individuals, but with none of the downsides (like going to jail). We fret about our freedoms being lost to the government, we better start worrying about our freedoms being lost to corporations.
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If you incorporate as an LLC should you lose your religious liberty? Should MSNBC have First Amendment protection?
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It isn't about the particular corporate form selected. It is about an artificial creation - the corporation - trumping the individual. We are all losing our individual freedoms to both the government and the corporation. Sure, we may agree with the corporation today as it gives us short term gains, but long run? The corporation cares nothing about the individual. If you are happy with that, god bless.
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Are partnerships and sole proprietorships artificial creations? Should they have free speech rights?
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You should not, but the LLC is a fictional entity designed to protect owners from liability. That is a choice the person making the LLC should consider.
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An LLC is most certainly not a fictional entity. It can be sued, pay taxes and even open bank accounts.
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So... someone considering incorporating as an LLC should have to choose between protecting himself from the lawyers or protecting himself from the politicians? Are you insane?

All this fuss, because some few women might have to pay for their own morning-after-pill? Really?
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Bingo!
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The SCOTUS decision was a very narrow decision only applying to corporations run by families where the corporation is basically the family. So, companies like EXXON, CocaCola, Pepsi, etc. are NOT included.

AFA the "corporations are not people" meme is concerned, just what are they? You need to think this thing through.
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We fret most about our freedoms being lost to idiots like you.
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The term for SCOTUS was a disaster for Obama and his defenders, and a victory for conservative governance .... no two ways about it.
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Very true.
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