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    Supreme Court Ruling Limits All Americans

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Deborah Mitchell admits she was surprised when she heard about the recent SCOTUS decision in favor of the retailer Hobby Lobby. Mitchell, a writer, mother and the author of the book "Growing Up Godless," believes it is the beginning of a much bigger problem. She said, "They've opened the door for other "persons" in positions of power to impose their morality and religious beliefs on every American."

    On Monday in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that the Affordable Care Act cannot demand a "closely held company" to cover certain types of contraceptives for its employees because the law could potentially interfere with religious convictions. Read more about the SCOTUS decision on CNN.com.
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    The Supreme Court has once again shown that it will protect religious freedom of some Americans but trample on the rights of women as well as the religious freedom of a growing number of Americans (both believers and unbelievers) who want to be free from religion. Today’s endorsement of religion tells us several things about the state of our union:

     

    1. It tells us that a minority’s morality can be imposed on others. If corporations are people, I can only imagine how many other companies will expect to exercise their right to “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Moreover, what about those who believe in prayer instead of medical treatment? Will prayer become a substitute for drugs or procedures that employees need?

     

    2. It tells us that your boss can pressure you into acting against your own best interests. What if you’re a 25-year-old woman who has been sexually assaulted?
    Your employer is exempt from providing you with a drug that will stop the implantation of a fertilized egg into your womb. Your boss thinks you, the victim, should carry that clump of cells to term. Will your boss also pay for you to have and raise the unwanted child? Let’s hope so.

     

    3. It tells us we’re not capable of deciding for ourselves what is moral and right. Today’s ruling is an insult to every woman. You have to wonder, if there were fewer men on the Supreme Court, would the outcome have been different? Looking at the dissenting judges, you’d certainly think so. If you are a female employee of the Christian triumvirate in this case, you should find a new employer who does not get involved in your personal life and your private decisions. These corporations have no respect for you and for your ability to make educated and informed decisions. If you are a customer, you should take your business to another store.

     

    4. It tells us that religious extremists can decide for the rest of us. What if some employers sincerely believe that their god doesn’t want more children on this planet? What if they insist that every woman take the Morning-After Pill as a prophylactic after intercourse? How is saying that “no embryos should be saved” any different from saying that “all embryos should be saved”? Aren’t they both unequal applications of the same misplaced logic? If there were proof that life begins at conception, if everyone agreed and believed, then wouldn’t every American agree that abortion is murder and should be against the law?

     

    Today’s Supreme Court ruling isn’t about religious belief. It’s about judgment and control and self-righteousness and money. In the end, it’s always about profit, even if Justice Alito absurdly asserts that, “Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law."

     

    If this weren’t about money and the fines companies like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would have to pay, this case would have never made it into the court system. And if this case were about religious freedom, then the SCOTUS would realize that every person has a right to their own beliefs about religion.

     

    Religious liberty means the freedom to believe and the freedom not to believe. Today’s Supreme Court ruling gave one corporate person the ability to limit the freedoms of many people.

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