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Despite Liberal Howls, Supreme Courtís Hobby Lobby Ruling Was Right
Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Star Parker

Posted on 07/14/2014 5:42:12 AM PDT by Kaslin

Senate and House Democrats are outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in the firm’s lawsuit seeking exemption from the Obamacare mandate that employers provide, free of charge, contraceptives to employees.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called the Supreme Court decision “outrageous” and Democrats have introduced bills in the Senate and the House to overturn the decision.

Why exactly is it that Democrats find it so outrageous that in America religious freedom is respected? That we have law – The Religious Freedom Restoration Act under which the owners of Hobby Lobby sued the federal government – that assures that no federal law will substantially burden individuals in the practice of their religion. Paying for contraception would violate the Christian principles of Hobby Lobby’s owners.

According to California Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer, “….the Supreme Court has decided that the employer – the boss – has total power to deny critical medical care to their employees..”

It has long been a sad irony that liberals, who claim to carry the banner of openness and tolerance, stand for exactly the opposite. The liberal idea of tolerance is “my way or the highway.”

Even if we accept the claim that contraceptive use is not about promiscuity but about family planning, and that this should be provided free, a critical question is whether the only way to accomplish this is for the federal government to force employers to pay for it. And whether forcing employers to pay for contraceptives justifies violating the religious convictions of Christian employers such as Hobby Lobby.

The Supreme Court ruled, correctly, it does not. Particularly when there are many alterative ways to accomplish the same objective. The Court, in its decision, noted that the federal government could directly foot the bill for these contraceptives or have insurance companies directly pay for them.

Even if you believe, as I do, that none of this should be about government or business, and that we should have free markets to deliver to private citizens whatever kind of insurance most appropriately fits their needs, there are still private solutions for delivering free contraceptives for those that feel this is needed.

It is called philanthropy. Americans contributed $335 billion to charities in 2013.

If Senator Boxer or the National Organization of Women really think it is “critical” that a woman get free contraceptives, so how about, instead of using the power of government to violate religious convictions of other private citizens, starting your own charity to raise money and do it?

But speaking about religious convictions, free choice and private initiative seems to violate the religious convictions of liberals. They see only one solution to every dilemma – government force.

New York congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, writing in USA Today, wants to makes this about poor women. She notes, citing Justice Rose Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion in the Hobby Lobby case, that “…. the cost of an IUD is nearly the equivalent of a month’s full-time pay for workers earning minimum wage. Similarly the cost of “Plan-B” (the morning after pill) is realistically out of reach for millions of low income women.”

Only liberals would suggest that the big issue that low-income women need to contend with is getting others to pay for their contraceptives. The crisis that these women need to contend with is being able to get their children into a decent school and finding a man who is willing to marry them, work, and build a family and future together.

The very welfare state policies that these liberals love are exactly what has created the conditions that make achieving these two things so inaccessible to low income women and perpetuate poverty in these communities generation after generation.

The Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby has made America a little more free. Something to celebrate, unless you are a liberal.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: hobbylobby; starparker; supremecourt

1 posted on 07/14/2014 5:42:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The “Liberal Howls” PROVE that the NINE SUPREMES were right, for once.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 5:44:00 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin
If Senator Boxer or the National Organization of Women really think it is “critical” that a woman get free contraceptives, so how about, instead of using the power of government to violate religious convictions of other private citizens, starting your own charity to raise money and do it?

Because progressive greedheads like Boxer and NOW don't call it a win unless they can make other people pay for their stuff.

Nice article by Star Parker.

3 posted on 07/14/2014 5:53:54 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Kaslin
The left is lying their butts off....Hobby Lobby workers can get contraceptives via their insurance....except for those that can/might/will kill babies.

The ruling is a wise one and also the first step in overturning Roe vs Wade.

I don't want a dime of my money used for abortions of any type.

4 posted on 07/14/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

I love the fact that these women are carrying signs that say “Birth control-Not My Boss’s Business” don’t seem to get the irony that if it’s not their business why are they asked to pay for it at all?


5 posted on 07/14/2014 6:04:09 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Kaslin

Per the sign in the pic: If birth control is not your boss’s business, why is it his responsibility?


6 posted on 07/14/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: McGavin999

Health insurance shouldn’t be paid by employers at all. There’s no logical connection. No more than car insurance, house insurance, flood insurance, fire insurance, etc.

What makes sense with health insurance is an individual’s market. People buy insurance from any company they can strike a deal with. Individual purchase is the most reasonable route for bringing the price of health insurance crashing down.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I totally agree. It began as an incentive, it was something that could be offered in addition to direct pay. It needs to go away and let everyone get their own.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 6:45:36 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

It also doesn’t make sense in my mind to have maintenance, cosmetic, or whimsical items in “health” insurance. Birth control is NOT a “health” issue. It is a choice. People don’t call the emergency room saying, “Call the crash lab, this lady is ovulating!”


9 posted on 07/14/2014 6:50:40 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin

If the religious freedom law were overturned, the SC could still rule in favor of Hobby Lobby on a less narrow basis.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 4:37:30 PM PDT by Raycpa
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