A few days ago, we learned that dead people have more rights than women. Now we learn that corporations have more rights than women, too.
As you probably know, Hobby Lobby won their ridiculous case (I wrote about that here, here, and here months ago). While I am sad, I am not shocked.
I remember being shocked in law school when I read an opinion from Scalia that dealt with a similar issue, as to whether an employer could refuse to provide contraception for women (including abortions) but still provide it for men, and Scalia’s logic was that the law did not discriminate against women — it merely discriminated against pregnant people.
Later, he ruled that the 14th Amendment which says that there can be no discrimination against “people” didn’t apply to women who wanted to be treated as equals in the military. “That’s different,” he said.
So this is nothing new. Women, in Scalia’s mind, aren’t really “people.”
This is what happens when you make corporations into people. They start having religions and then want to force everyone else to live by their religious laws.
So now religious law is more important than the secular law — but only for employers. Got that?
Why do these people get to decide how to spend my money? Health benefits belong to me, just like my salary. Why does my boss get to decide how I want to use them? Can my boss dock my salary if I decide to spend it on things he doesn’t like?
That’s the bottom line many people don’t get. This is about who decides, and once more the Supreme Court has ruled that the power in this country belongs with the corporations and 1%, not with “we, the people.”
I see that the anti-gay religious folks are thrilled. After all, if the religion of the employer is more important than the law, then clearly employers can now discriminate against gays and lesbians if it offends their “deeply held religious views.”
And why stop there? I’m sure there are religious employers whose religion tells them they can discriminate against Jews, or women, or blacks.
Heck, there are enough gods out there that you can easily find one to worship that will allow you to ignore just about every law you want.
So what do we do? How can we overturn this decision?
Well, you can’t.
What you can do is vote. Vote in every election, not just the Presidential one. Fill our government with Democrats who will put into place a single-payer system that we should have done in the first place. That will solve many problems as well as make this decision completely irrelevant and moot.
Actually, there is one more thing you can do. You can work at the state level, not just the passive work of voting for the lesser or two evils, but you can work to make a state forced constitutional amendment under article V of the Constitution. Two states, California and Vermont have already voted for a Constitutional Amendment convention. If 32 more can be convinced, we the people can actually -force- corporations to no longer be people, despite what anyone in the federal government – Congressional Members, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, or even the President of the United States says.
I’m tired of being treated as a non-person while corporations are king.
Here’s the plan: