Corporations are people, just like Soylent Green

Hobby Lobby claims they are being discriminated against because they are being forced to provide health care which could provide birth control to those heathen women — you know, those hussies who can’t control their libido that Mike Huckabee warned us about.

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Hobby Lobby claims to be a Christian corporation. They refuse to even sell Jewish merchandise in the store. (“Want Hannukah gifts? Go elsewhere, Christ-killer!”) They have no problem whatsoever in buying cheaply-made crap from China because after all, the Bible approves slavery.

Most importantly, they claim they have the right to force their religious views on their employees.  Amazingly, a federal judge in Oklahoma agreed with them and held, for the first time that I can see, that a corporation can actually have a religious view.

Fortunately, this is now on appeal, and hopefully clearer minds will prevail.   Many groups are filing briefs opposing Hobby Lobby.

The issue is whether a business can refuse to give health insurance to its employees because of religious reasons.  I am shocked that some of my friends think that this is perfectly fine.  What’s next?  Will they refuse to give you your salary if you buy alcohol with it against their religious views?  Will we have to reduce our own freedoms to make our employers happy?

As I said previously:

This is an absolutely ridiculous decision. Hobby Lobby is not a religious organization; it’s a for-profit business. A business owner should not have the right to decide health care decisions for his or her employees. This is not comparable to a church, for instance, being forced to disobey its beliefs.

Should I, as a business owner, be allowed to force my beliefs on my employees? What if my religion believes women should wear burkas and never speak? Should I make all my female employees wear burkas?

The Court apparently believes employers have powers to ignore laws they don’t like. “If you work here, you have to live by my beliefs, not yours. Don’t like it? Tough!” I think we instead should say to business owners, “These are people who work for you, who have the right to make their own decisions about health care. You will give them the option, because this is America where we value individual decisions. Don’t like it? Tough!”

Your religion does not give you the right to disobey the law. There are Jamaican religions that believe in smoking marijuana during their ceremonies — tough, that’s illegal. Animal cruelty in the name of religion is illegal. Refusing to give your child medicine in the name of religion is illegal. Religions shouldn’t be exempt from the law just because they “really really believe” something. That’s not what America is about.

Look, if you start a business in America, we expect certain things from you. You have to pay a minimum wage; you have to have a safe working environment; you have to pay business taxes; you have to pay for worker’s compensation; you have to provide health care. Keep in mind that your employees may decide to use their money or benefits to do things you personally disagree with. Don’t like it? Tough. Don’t open a business.

If you don’t like the fact that we have freedom from religion in America, then maybe you should open a business somewhere else, like Iran. I understand they have no problem with you forcing religion on people who work for you.

6 thoughts on “Corporations are people, just like Soylent Green

  1. Its not freedom from religion, its freedom of religion…. that being said I totally agree with you. As a business owner I can believe what I want but I cannot push my beliefs on my employees.

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    • It’s both. The 1st amendment has the “free exercise” clause which says that you can practice your religion however you want (freedom OF religion) and the “establishment” clause which says that government will not support a religion and force it on you (freedom FROM religion).

      I don’t know why some conservatives are claiming there is no such thing as freedom from religion when we have 225 years of legal history saying the opposite.

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  2. “Will we have to reduce our own freedoms to make our employees happy?” Do you mean “employers”? And I was wondering to my mother the other day why it is only Catholics starting these suits. I have not heard of a suit from a Jehovah’s Witness business owner not wanting to pay for blood transfusions, or a Christian Science business owner not wanting to pay for any healthcare whatsoever on religious grounds. Have you?

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    • Thanks for catching the mistake; I’ll fix that.

      If this is upheld, we may very well see those lawsuits being filed. Next, a Buddhist owner refuses to allow any of his employees to eat meat, and an orchestra doesn’t allow any of its musicians to listen to rock and roll… “When you work for us, WE OWN YOU!!!”

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