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    Religious Freedoms Stripped from Employees

    So, I feel as though I have had ample time to absorb the results of the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby case to reflect on what this decision means. It is really a quandary to attempt to understand the ideology of the conservatives we have placed in office. The stump message for most GOP'ers appeals to the average American's sense of individual freedom and responsibility. Yet, once they reach office they regularly act counterintuitively by making policy decisions that take away the basis of personal responsibility and that is personal choice.

    By ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, who wished to be exempted from The Affordable Healthcare Act's stipulation to provide coverage for contraception including the Plan B pill, the conservative judges of the supreme court have restricted personal freedom and responsibility.

    How did they accomplish this?

    For the first time in the history of our country a corporation was granted personal freedom of religion as though this artificial entity was a living breathing person. The implications here are huge. By ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates for corporations to structure their governing policies in accordance with religious views and ideology. The ultimate impact of course being that all of those individuals working for such entities are forced to succumb to these governing policies and thus have their own religious freedoms reduced on a potentially massive scale.

    Is it possible given the precedent this case sets, for companies to successfully defend themselves when they choose not to hire someone because of their religious or sexual preference?

    It is a volatile and slippery slope when we give private companies the power to enact policies based on religious preference. Not only does this decision restrict personal responsibility, personal choice and REAL individual religious freedoms of the hundreds of thousands of potentially impacted employees but could in fact leave the writing on the wall to reverse some of the major civil rights achievements our society has made in the last century.

    Even though their exists very specific language in the ruling that their decision only applies to this particular question, we must understand that courts and judges across the nation look to the "precedent" set by the supreme court to make decisions in other politically motivated or otherwise unique cases.

    Shame on you Supreme court for putting the interests of rich corporations ahead of the personal freedoms of Americans...and more specifically women.
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