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July 2, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Clueless Democrats — sorry for the redundancy there — are passing this meme around on social media and saying how great and insightful it is.

It’s stupid.

takei-idiot

 

Just because a guy who pushed buttons and encountered unconvincing aliens on a 1960s TV show says something, doesn’t make it true.

Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to be a church for its owners to have religious and private property rights. Corporations are made up of humans who form a legal entity for a purpose, in this case, to sell picture frames and nick-nacks. The owners of this particular corporation are a family. They have rights. They do not surrender those rights because they formed a business. Anyone who thinks that they did surrender those rights when they formed their family business is a moron.

The Greens — they own Hobby Lobby — were literally minding their own business when the Obama administration slammed them with a mandate forcing them to use their property to pay for something that violates their religious beliefs. The Greens acted on their beliefs and took the mandate to court. They won. That’s how it works in this country.

The scary part is that we were one Anthony Kennedy away from losing serious ground in both the private property and religious freedom spheres. Even scarier — people like George Takei spout off without having the first clue what they’re even talking about. And others just think he’s a genius.

The Obamacare mandate in question here is not a “neutrally crafted law.” It’s a regulation that the Department of Health and Human Services attached to a law that is itself of dubious legitimacy. The Obama administration could unwrite that regulation at any time. It could amend it. It has chosen not to, and chose to take the Greens all the way to the Supreme Court to defend it. The Obama administration are the aggressor in this fight. The Greens’ case is entirely defensive.

Obamacare’s dubious legitimacy is based on a couple of things. It’s a revenue bill, essentially. Or a tax, if you’re John Roberts. The House is supposed to kick off such bills, but in Obamacare’s case, the version that passed originated in the Senate. This is not a game, it’s how the Constitution works. The House and Senate had to engage in legislative chicanery to pass the thing. They passed it along hard party lines, over holidays and in the dead of night. The Democrats passed it against the will of the majority of the American people. Obamacare has never been popular. Had the abortifacient mandate been a part of the actual bill that passed, it might not have even passed. There remain enough Catholic Democrats in Congress who would have objected to it. As fragile as the passage process was, and as many kickbacks and buyoffs as it took to get it over the line, including that mandate in the actual bill might have killed the whole thing.

We are a nation that has enshrined respect for religious beliefs into our Constitution. That’s not some feel-good thing. It’s the bedrock of our system. The Supreme Court found that the Obamacare mandate puts an undue burden on religious people. They based that decision in part on the First Amendment, and in part on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Private property and religious freedom are rights hard won over hundreds of years. Takei and his ilk would roll those rights back. They must be stopped, and they deserve to be mocked.

The bottom line here is that George Takei is an idiot and has surrendered the right to be taken seriously. Anyone who passes the above meme around on social media in an approving way is even more of an idiot than he is.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It has always been amusing to me that so many look for profound wisdom to people whose job consists of convincingly repeating somebody else's words.
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"We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others."

Yeah, sure. Tell that to Brendan Eich.

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Then why do you get to impose your beliefs on Hobby Lobby and everyone who doesn't believe in socialized medicine?
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There's an important point you missed: Hobby Lobby is NOT demanding its employees NOT be allowed to use whatever birth control they wish, they just said they thought it was a violation of their religious rights to be FORCED to provide it. The SCOTUS agreed and, according to the LAW, that settles the issue.

If Obama decides that all Americans have a right to employer-provided bacon sandwiches and a Muslim-owned company disagreed, I'd say they had a right to do so, just like Hobby Lobby. If they attempted to say their employees were forbidden from eating bacon sandwiches they bought with their own money, I'd say they were overstepping their bounds.
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I sure wish this pattern of focusing on the opinions of celebrities & treating it as fodder for news & discussion would stop. Seriously. Who really gives a crap what George Takei thinks? I certainly do not.
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Takei, while amusing, has been stuck on "my career is over, so I may as well agitate based on social convictions I was too much of a coward to stand for while my lifestyle actually was controversial" for a decade and change. Plays well with geeky homosexuals, and that's about all.

I stopped giving a fig what anyone in Hollywood said when Steve McQueen and John Wayne died. And considering I was born right about the time they did...
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Howzabout we pass a law requiring Green Peace USA to pay for and support FRACKING. And apply the same arguments in support.
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George, just who is imposing their beliefs on others, huh? Hobby Lobby, or the Left Political Lobby?
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Another ridicule-worthy photo created by Sarah Baker is being passed around Facebook -- one that puts forth the claim that the Hobby Lobby decision somehow magically reverses Roe v. Wade by granting unborn children person status thus automatically negating the same for women.

If anyone has created a response to this, please post!
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Yup, he is truly an alien. Dim wit!
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George, no one is forcing them to work at Hobby Lobby. If the employees don't like the ruling they can go work for some other company.
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Some people think with their dipstick: he uses his sphincter anus instead.
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From the majority opinion:

"Congress provided protection for people like the [owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood] by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of “persons.” But it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this fiction is to provide protection for human beings. A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends. An established body of law specifies the rights and obligations of the people(including shareholders, officers, and employees) who are associated with a corporation in one way or another. When rights, whether constitutional or statutory, are extended to corporations, the purpose is to protect the rights of these people. For example, extending Fourth Amendment protection to corporations protects the privacy interests of employees and others associated with the company. Protecting corporations from government seizure of their property without just compensation protects all those who have a stake in the corporations’ financial well-being. And protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mardel protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies ... ."
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"Had the abortifacient mandate been a part of the actual bill that passed, it might not have even passed. "

Would not.
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