Religious freedom runs headlong into identity and sexual politics. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision wasn’t as narrow as it seemed at first. The Associate Press reports that in the wake of that decision, SCOTUS has acted in a couple of handfuls of similar cases.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.
Tuesday’s orders apply to companies owned by Catholics who oppose all contraception. Cases involving Colorado-based Hercules Industries Inc., Illinois-based Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. and Indiana-based Grote Industries Inc. were awaiting action pending resolution of the Hobby Lobby case.
There’s an important point to be made here. Prior to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, these companies had the right to cover or not cover contraception in their health plans. The mandate, which was not part of the actual Obamacare law, forced them to cover contraception — in violation of their religious rights. They were, literally, minding their own business until the Department of Health and Human Services invented the mandate and wrote it into regulations.
Those who have a problem with the ruling really ought to take up their objections with the Clintons. It was President Bill Clinton who signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 1993. That law passed Congress with only a handful of dissenting votes. The majority of Democrats in Congress voted for the RFRA.
Today’s Democrats have become so radicalized that most of them evidently have no problem with violating that law, along with other Americans’ religious and private property rights, just to get some free stuff. Gone are the days when pluralism was a viable thing in American life. Today’s progressives believe they have the right to confiscate other Americans’ property, and they believe that it’s not inconsistent to yell “Stay outta my bedroom!” while they try forcing others to pay for what they’re doing in the bedroom.
I’m not sure that it’s possible to have a reasonable conversation on this issue with people who don’t see the glaring, bright-as-the-sun contradiction there.
SCOTUSBlog is in for another day of trolling fun on Twitter after these decisions.
And the Democrats are in for several more months of “war on women” nonsense. Barack Obama must be rubbing his hands together in delight — there probably has never been a more useful SCOTUS defeat than the ones he has seen this week on the contraception mandate.