Should private business owners be excused, based on their deeply held religious beliefs, from providing insurance coverage for health benefits to which they have a moral objection? The Supreme Court will rule on this but meanwhile, activists groups have made up their minds.

They encouraged their supporters to tweet under pre-set hashtags in hopes their viewpoint will Twitterstorm social media.

The American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and others claimed that whether a woman uses birth control and what method they choose is not for an employer to decide.

In opposition, the supporters of the evangelical family owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties say these families should not be forced by the government to act against their moral values in providing coverage for those forms of contraception they consider abortifacient.

#notmybossbusiness tweet sampling:

 

 

 

 

#religiousfreedomforall tweeters have their own dueling graphics, snowy protester pictures and politicians.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Comments

  1. If corporations like Hobby Lobby have the right to discriminate for religious reasons, every employee will be subject to the religious whims of their employers.

    The distance between rich and poor will widen not only in who has “the money” but who has the right to the “wield power”over the less powerful employees.

    What would stop McDonalds, Target, or Wal-Mart from making decrees too?
    The poor not only get poorer, they get stripped of rights too.

    All of this is thanks to religion and the lie that religion is ‘liberating’.
    We are a turn-key away from “Slavery is freedom.” What a disgrace.

    • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

      The big issue in all this is not coerced financing of birth control-abortifaceants , but how our government is becoming more and more powerful and slowly eating away the rights of all of us.
      The Big Lie in this case is that somehow women won’t be able to get the birth control they want if the “wrong” side wins in the Supreme Court. But the pro-birth control side isn’t demanding that all forms of birth control be available- they already are-instead they want a privately owned company to be coerced into providing birth control including two forms that kill already conceived humans.
      That this is huge leftist hypocrisy is proven by all the changes and manipulations given by government to big labor unions, big business, powerful politicians, huge insurance companies, etc. because of problems they are complaining about in Obamacare. But give a break to religious people in business who are not politically powerful– That’s a No No. Never mind the First Amendment or the religious freedom act passed under Democrats a few years ago. In spite of these the government has the power to suck up more power so the government does what comes naturally to government::sucks up more power. And the political left cheers on.

      • @DEACON,

        If Hobby Lobby wins I am going to form a corporation which outlaws churches within a 500 mile radius of my office building ON A RELIGIOUS ARGUMENT.

        MY religion will require it and YOU will have to oblige by it. Otherwise I will sue you for violating MY RELIGIOUS freedom.

        The supreme arrogance of RELIGION is relentless and insufferable!

        • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

          Sorry Max–here in Ma,. the leftist people’s republic, the One Party control Dems have already passed a strict buffer zone law on behalf of abortion clinics thereby trashing the free speech part of the First Amendment for everyone except Planned Parenthood. Although I will admit the First Amendment crushing law is not 500 miles, but just enough to kill First Amendment speech rights without having to bother with repealing the First Amendment–although I think this case is still in the courts.

      • You really have no idea what a corporation is, John. It doesn’t matter privately or publicly owned. A corporation is created to be separate and apart from its owners in every legal sense. When a corporation is too far linked to its owner’s personal interest, it ceases to be. Mr. Green wants all of the legal and financial benefits of incorporation but none of the responsibilities. Responsibilities for a conservative Christian are for other people.

        The big lie is that this has anything to do with religious freedom. There is no possible way corporations can have a religious belief. Religious belief is something individual human beings have. This is merely a politically minded dodge to avoid compliance with a law with very generous provisions. Hobby Lobby could have easily dropped its insurance entirely and kept its stance. The fines would be equivalent to what he was paying in insurance. But that would mean not micromanaging his employees lives like the nosy Christian he is.

        What is more galling is the notion that religious freedom is only available to people with power to coerce it in others. The religious beliefs of the employees is of no concern. They are just property to the employer to you. Good old Biblically correct slaves. To be treated with a light whip hand when disciplining them

        You don’t like the ACA, well tough. We live in a democratic society where laws are passed that don’t always rub you the right way. It passed muster through SCOTUS and is deemed constitutional. Arguing its existence after the fact is getting silly at this point.

        • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

          Once a law is passed (by very questionable power tactics and corrupt log-rolling) the best defense is then to argue that wanting repeal or drastic changes in the law is ” getting silly”???? I suppose worshippers of government power want next to outlaw a law ever being repealed or drastically, but fairly and wisely, changed.
          How anyone that knows how much this law has been manipulated twisted, and contorted for the benefit of big business, powerful unions, rich insurance companies, and connected politicians and bureaucrats can with a straight face argue against giving out another adjustment based on the First Amendment smacks of simple bigotry against religious people.

          • You are arguing a law already argued in front of the Supreme Court and found to be Constitutional. Get the net already. Your long denial is over. Gawd, you are like an ex-girlfriend who can’t accept that he has moved on.

            The religious freedom argument was always a steaming pile of bovine effluence. Merely a politicized excuse with no rational legal basis. Religious freedom has never been cause for avoiding laws of general application (according to Antonin Scalia :)) Corporations cannot have religious rights because they are not individuals. They are not their owners. Religious beliefs cannot be imputed to them in any sane form.

  2. Fr. Frank Vitus

    The photo’s above says, “Birth Control, not my bosses business.” Well it becomes their business when you tell them that they have to pay for it.

    • No, Father, it isn’t “your business” at all. And yes, and you should PAY for it.
      One’s healthcare is nobody else’s business and birth control is healthcare.
      Like it or not.

      Churches are an insult and an abomination to everything good about humanity and I wish they would all close. They are disgrace.

      HOWEVER, if YOUR church were burning down, FATHER, I suspect you would like me to help pay for the Firemen who come to put out that fire regardless of my personal opinion?!

      I would support the firemen because I am civilized. Even if a young Hitler is burning in a house I would support the effort to save that child.

      You position, selfish and born purely of religion, is just uncivilized, destructive nonsense.
      If the religious people win this case for themselves I will feel no obligation to pay for firemen to save churches. And you can build your own roads and police department too. Religion is fundamentally undemocratic, fascist nonsense.

      • Max you are a hypocrite. You froth at the mouth about your civility, using the example of saving young Hitler from a fire but you are not willing to save the nearly 400,000 children who die each year because their mothers are too selfish to be bothered with them. In fact, you support them and then expect the companies that they work for to pay for the it. That is not civil; it is barbaric.

        • @DoubleStandard,

          No, I’m no hypocrite. I’m against abortion.
          And I don’t ask KILLER GOD Yahweh for guidance.

          I’m against abortion for humanitarian reasons. But I recognize that society cannot force women to have babies, either! Especially a society which fails (in the name of Jesus) to provide adequate birth control!

          Your God, however, has no problem with abortion or murder so please do not tell me who the hypocrite is:

          GOD COMMANDS ABORTIONS
          “Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer… Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts…they shall bear no fruit: yea though they bring forth, YET WILL I SLAY even the beloved fruit of their womb.” (Hosea 9:11-16)

          Jesus defers to Yahweh on all things. (JOHN 1:17)

    • Hobby Lobby could have dropped its insurance altogether and satisfied an alleged religious belief in not paying for contraception. But that would require relinquishing the power to lord over his employees and micromanage their healthcare choices.

      But where is the value of allowing people to make choices on their own when the “fine upstanding moral Christian” can do it for you. Without bothering to ask for your opinion.

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