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The left loses their minds over Hobby Lobby decision
Hotair ^ | 06/30/2014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 06/30/2014 1:39:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

I imagine the horrified shrieks that rose from the streets outside the Supreme Court on Monday as the decision in the Hobby Lobby case began to filter out into the crowd of liberal observers was reminiscent of those poor souls who watched helplessly as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 young, female garment workers.

In fact, the similarities are eerie. It seems that liberal commentators have convinced themselves that, just as was the case in 1911, the courts and the country have deemed women to be of lesser value than their male counterparts. The distinction between these two eras, of course, is that while that argument could be supported in 1911, it exists only in the heads of progressives in 2014.

NBC News journalist Pete Williams, an accomplished reporter who is not prone to indulge in speculation, went out of his way to insist repeatedly that the Court’s decision in this case was a narrow one. He noted that the decision extends only to the specific religious objections a handful of employers raised about providing abortifacients (as opposed to contraceptives). Williams added that Justice Anthony Kennedy allowed in his concurring opinion that the federal government can pay for and provide that coverage if employers would not.

The Federalist published a variety of other observations about this ruling which indicate that it was narrowly tailored to this specific case. The Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other employers could not simply drop health coverage in order to avoid mandates. This decision does not apply to other government mandates like those requiring employers cover vaccinations. Finally, if the will of the public in the form of an electoral mandate creates a groundswell of support for a government-funded program which provides access to abortifacients, then that would be perfectly constitutional.

Williams’ MSNBC colleagues nodded along and, when asked for their contribution, proceeded to display none of this NBC reporter’s caution.

“I think we’ve seen a real goal post-moving here,” MSNBC.com’s Irin Carmon said. “We may say it is a narrow ruling because Taco Bell and Wal-Mart can’t opt out, but it is still an enormous expansion of corporate rights and of the refusal from the laws that are passed to create benefits for everybody.”

“The larger doctrinal implication here is potentially significant,” MSNBC host Ari Melber agreed. “For the first time, the Court is going and taking the First Amendment rights that we’ve seen long established for certain corporate entities and extending them to the religious idea.”

“Just because it was only restricted to women’s health access doesn’t mean that it doesn’t create a devastating precedent which says that women’s health care should be treated differently,” Carmon added. She added that the Republican Party is the biggest beneficiary of today’s ruling. “So, the context of this is an all-out assault on access to contraception and access to other reproductive health care services.”

HotAir’s Karl has accumulated some of the best examples of liberal “schadenfreude,” as he’s dubbed it, in which the left utterly and intentionally misconstrues the scope of this ruling. Incidentally, their reaction also helps to service what appears to be a widely shared victimhood fantasy.

We’ve seen indications that the left believes this decision is a prelude to theocracy:

The Supreme Court #HobbyLobby ruling proves once again that Scalia Law is a lot like Sharia Law.

— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 30, 2014

"So as not to insult Allah, this accounting firm requires that all female employees wear the hijab."

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) June 30, 2014

We’ve seen liberal journalists and commentators rending garments over the implications of this ruling which exist only in their own minds:

This isn't a win for religious liberty it's an affirmation of privilege for advocates of conservative sexual morality http://t.co/ctb1FwXIWk

— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) June 30, 2014

What Hobby Lobby means is there are now two separate classes of women in America: those who work for privately-owned corps and everyone else

— Jimmy williams (@Jimmyspolitics) June 30, 2014

Even poor SCOTUS Blog, an organization which merely reports the news out of the Supreme Court, has endured an torrent of misdirected liberal outrage:

Finally, and expectedly, we’ve seen liberal politicians stoking ire, generating enthusiasm, and soliciting donations:

It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 30, 2014

Pelosi on Hobby Lobby: "Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America’s women"

— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) June 30, 2014

Can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 30, 2014

And this, via John Podhoretz’s inbox:

It is interesting that there seems to be more outrage over this decision from the left than there was when the Court struck down dated portions of the Voting Rights Act. Though that decision had much farther reaching legal and political implications, this is the issue that has captured the passions of the left.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: angrydems; hobbylobby; hobbylobbydecision; left; leftists; scotus; supremecourt; theleft
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1 posted on 06/30/2014 1:39:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Can’t believe we live in a world where we’d even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections.

— Elizabeth Warren

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Hey, Fauxcahontas -— Nobody is denying women access to contraception or anything. You want it, go pay a few dollars for it. And tell Sandra to go get hers too while you’re at it.

[And to think this is the woman the left wants to challenge sHrillary for President.... she can’t even think straight ]


2 posted on 06/30/2014 1:42:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t seem like that much of a loss.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: SeekAndFind

Collectivism = immaturity. They are unable to cope with opposition or setbacks.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 1:43:34 PM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

The rhetoric has to be ratcheted up on both sides because votes and campaign money are both at stake in this decision.

So the D’s and the R’s try to make the most powerful statements they can make to look good with people they want to vote for them and people they want money from.

This is what happens with a Supreme Court decision in an election year.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 1:43:41 PM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet Sandra Fluke and her worshipers went banana’s today


6 posted on 06/30/2014 1:44:45 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SeekAndFind

It gives me great pleasure to know that the left is filling their depends.


7 posted on 06/30/2014 1:45:11 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Nextrush

Especially when the left is 0-5 for the last 5 supreme court rulings.


8 posted on 06/30/2014 1:45:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They didn’t lose much...............


9 posted on 06/30/2014 1:47:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,748 threads and 84,975 replies..)
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To: 1Old Pro

Don’t use the words “Sandra Fluke” and “banana” in the same sentence....please.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 1:48:11 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: SeekAndFind

Hahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahah


11 posted on 06/30/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: lurk

They do seem to be acting the same as a one yr old who’s had something denied to him.


12 posted on 06/30/2014 1:48:45 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek

The “executive actions” are a big part of the Obama campaign strategy for the fall and I suspect some of the local and state judges-officials pushing gay marriage along are also part of the Democrat campaign strategy, along with the influx on the southern border.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: SeekAndFind

They can’t be. They don’t have a mind to loose.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 1:49:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: SeekAndFind

The best thing the left can do right now with their outrage is abort themselves..please do it, the more the better


15 posted on 06/30/2014 1:49:32 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SeekAndFind

My first thought was, “did they have a mind to lose?”


16 posted on 06/30/2014 1:51:29 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: SeekAndFind

17 posted on 06/30/2014 1:51:31 PM PDT by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. – Robert Heinlein)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is very strange that the left is so unhinged about this.

Something strange.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 1:51:46 PM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: mkmensinger
Don’t use the words “Sandra Fluke” and “banana” in the same sentence....please.

She learned how to use free condoms in home ec using a banana didn't she?

19 posted on 06/30/2014 1:52:34 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SeekAndFind

The Health care law was passed by only one party; it was not for the benefit of the people of this country.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 1:53:00 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: SeekAndFind

I urge all liberal women to express their disgust at this outrage by emigrating to another country that truly respects their rights.


21 posted on 06/30/2014 1:53:04 PM PDT by Argus
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To: SeekAndFind
It seems that liberal commentators have convinced themselves that, just as was the case in 1911, the courts and the country have deemed women to be of lesser value than their male counterparts.

WTH?

There was immense uproar in 1911 over the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire at least partly because most of the victims were women.

Where does this writer get the odd notion that the victims were considered of lesser value then?

22 posted on 06/30/2014 1:53:11 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Principled

23 posted on 06/30/2014 1:53:16 PM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: 1Old Pro

I sure they did. All of them can go Fluke themselves.


24 posted on 06/30/2014 1:54:42 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: SeekAndFind

The headline makes an assumption without any supporting evidence that these leftists had a mind at some point


25 posted on 06/30/2014 1:56:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 1Old Pro

Yep, they did


26 posted on 06/30/2014 1:57:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, let’s just say that I consider liberal women and liberal men to be of equal value.


27 posted on 06/30/2014 1:57:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

Squeeeeeeeeee! I love the sound of exploding heads in the morning.


28 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:09 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: SeekAndFind
can't believe we live in a world where we'd even consider letting big corps deny women access to basic care based on vague moral objections. — Elizabeth Warren

You ain't seen nothing, yet.

How about the hundreds of thousands of mid-size manufacturing and service companies under partner/single owner control (say 400-20,000 employees)?

This isn't a "BIG CORP" issue, its a mid size and small size issue, and if they have faith in themselves and are driven by rugged individualism, you can bet they also have a "smidgen" of faith. It truly lifts a burden.

29 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:17 PM PDT by plangent
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They’re fanatical idiots that have no understanding of liberty.


30 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 1Old Pro

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/30/clueless-or-lying-sandra-fluke-purposefully-ignoring-fact-in-hobby-lobby-decision/

Sandra Fluke @SandraFluke

Supreme Court rules that bosses can deny employees coverage of birth control. #HobbyLobby #NotMyBossBusiness

Just not even close to being true.


31 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Democrats giving a fine display of how children handle being told “No more candy!”


32 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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33 posted on 06/30/2014 1:58:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SeekAndFind
Does anyone remember Bart Stupak?

He was a Democrat congressman in 2010 when Obamacare came up for a vote. His problem with Obamacare was that it forced companies to pay for abortions over their moral objections.

He got a promise from King Obama himself that the law wouldn't do that. Mr. Stupak was satisfied, and he voted for the "new" law, with those provisions. (I think the whole thing was a ploy to make people think that the law was "reasonable"--even conservative democrats were voting for it.)

Anyway, those provisions were made in the Obamacare law itself. Companies and religious institutions wouldn't have to pay for abortions and contraception.

Fast forward to 2014. Surprise, surprise, surprise! The Stupak provisions no longer apply.

Someone needs to research the law as it was passed, find the Stupak clauses, and and wave them in the Democrats' faces.

34 posted on 06/30/2014 2:00:05 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Iron Munro

What are they going to do when the EBT flashes “error” because there is no more fake money to distribute?

Get violent, that’s what.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 2:00:34 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Principled

This decision points out that killing babies is wrong.

They wanted it to be codified that baby killing is “OK” in our society.


36 posted on 06/30/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 1Old Pro

Well, if they truely “went bananas” then they would’nt need contaceptives.


37 posted on 06/30/2014 2:01:47 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men d)
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To: plangent

RE: How about the hundreds of thousands of mid-size manufacturing and service companies under partner/single owner control (say 400-20,000 employees)?

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If the size of Hobby Lobby is the standard, then we ought to consider that she has 21,000 employees spread out over several states in the country (561 stores as of last count with a revenue of over $2.3 Billion ).


38 posted on 06/30/2014 2:01:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m loving it. The decision is so basically toothless it scarcely matters, but the histrionics of Liberals are always amusing.


39 posted on 06/30/2014 2:02:01 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: MrB

Yes, looting.


40 posted on 06/30/2014 2:02:41 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Jess Kitting

RE: He got a promise from King Obama himself that the law wouldn’t do that. Mr. Stupak was satisfied, and he voted for the “new” law, with those provisions.

And just like the good old: “If you like your healthcare, you can keep it.” and “The ACA pebalty is not a tax”, we know how good Obama’s word is.

The one wise person who saw through it all was Congressman Joe Wilson.

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: “YOU LIE !!”


41 posted on 06/30/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Those Scotusblog Twitter replies are pretty witty.


42 posted on 06/30/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT by untenured
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To: SeekAndFind

If the government not paying for one of your “rights” is un-American, then will the federal government buy me a Smith and Wesson 500?


43 posted on 06/30/2014 2:05:04 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Mr. President, here is a suggestion.

Set up a Federal benefit that will supply women (those who want others to pay for their contraception) with a special. cheap device:

It is a coin bank to hang around their neck and any man who wants to make a deposit to their body must first deposit a quarter in the bank. That way they can have their fun and someone else to pay for it.


44 posted on 06/30/2014 2:05:28 PM PDT by plangent
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To: nascarnation

I can hear her from here.

Oink...oink...snork...grunt.grunt.grunt.grunt.SQUEEEEEEEEE


45 posted on 06/30/2014 2:06:03 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrat tradition of stealing other peoples’ labor continues.


46 posted on 06/30/2014 2:06:03 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s good to know that believers aren’t going to be forced to pay for or contribute toward someone else’s abortion. That’s a very good thing.

Does anybody know..do the insurance companies that provide these abortion services have any limits on how many abortions a person can receive in a year?

My insurance won’t pay for the dentures I desperately need :(


47 posted on 06/30/2014 2:07:04 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: SeekAndFind

(a) no worries, der Obama will issue and edict overriding the scotus. (/s)


48 posted on 06/30/2014 2:07:37 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Ronin

RE: I’m loving it. The decision is so basically toothless it scarcely matters,

Honestly, in the whole scheme of things, Hobby Lobby IS or WAS already paying for abortion whether she likes it or not. So are you and me.

And Hobby Lobby WILL CONTINUE to pay for abortion. So will you and me.

Every time you pay your taxes, remember, part of it goes to funding abortion and contraception.


49 posted on 06/30/2014 2:08:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

so every single small business can start to cut out obamacare elements as a matter of personal conscience.

death of a thousand cuts.


50 posted on 06/30/2014 2:08:56 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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