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Letter: ‘Betrayed’ by court in Hobby Lobby case


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From: Doug Logan

Columbus

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case is painfully ironic in several ways. First, of course, is that five justices, whom we might have expected to avoid the conservative bugaboo of “judicial activism,” were instead far too active. The wise men — and very notably Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented — have determined that, somehow, a for-profit corporation has feelings. I’m sure that their kindergarten teachers would be proud of their thoughtfulness.

More troubling, a Supreme Court that is supposed to protect our Constitution has expressly and intentionally undermined that Constitution. Remember that the First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” That does not mean that the Congress cannot make churches withhold income taxes from their employees’ paychecks. It means that the power of the government may not be used to give legal standing to superstition. Until now. Now the court has decided that some rich guy’s bigoted, fundamentalist Christianity is the law of the land. Take that, Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation!

Finally, and most disappointing, this ruling encourages discrimination. The majority opinion might as well have paraphrased Roger Taney’s Dred Scott opinion and written: “A woman has no rights that a professedly religious boss is bound to respect.” The court has declared that women are second-class citizens who are not entitled to the same benefits that male employees get from employers. Looking at the story (hidden well in the back of the section) in the July 3 Republic, it seems that there are lots of employers already looking to cash in on savings from reduced benefits for female employees. The next push will likely be to count a woman as three-fifths of a person for apportioning the House of Representatives. Yeah, this paragraph is for Justice Clarence Thomas.

To put it plainly, the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby case has betrayed us. We have every reason to ask for their resignation or impeachment. We must not allow these monsters in black robes to chip away at any more of our rights.

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