Under Obamacare there was a provision that mandated employers must provide their workers with insurance coverage for things like contraceptives. Today the Supreme Kangaroo Court tossed out that provision, lying about how it infringed on the religious liberties of phony Christians. Because, you know, God forbid anything should interfere with the process of makin’ babies.
Now, violating the Constitution to allow anyone to violate your religious rights or mine on a whim is bad enough, but this ruling is even more insidious in that it grants even more legal rights to corporations than they have already.
In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined on this point by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said the court had for the first time extended religious-freedom protections to “the commercial, profit-making world.”
“The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, “invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.”
Now doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and squishy inside, like when you were a baby and had just crapped your pants? And it doesn’t stop there.
“Although the court attempts to cabin its language to closely held corporations,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, “its logic extends to corporations of any size, public or private.” She added that corporations could now object to “health coverage of vaccines, or paying the minimum wage, or according women equal pay for substantially similar work.”
So if a corporation were to take its employees to court saying that having to pay them the bare minimum wage allowed by law was a violation of its religious rights, the Supreme Kangaroo Court says the minimum wage would have to go. Say goodbye to any hope of earning enough at your job to feed, clothe, and house yourself.
Of course, there is nothing in this ruling that would apply to members of faiths frowned upon by America’s bigoted society, like Muslims, liberal Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Wicca, or Unitarian Universalists. No, only fake Christians get to enjoy the right to impose their beliefs on the rest of us.
What? You don’t believe me? You think I’m overdramatizing this? See my last entry regarding double standards in this country.
How many more of our rights must be stripped from us before we say enough is enough?