Random Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Case

I don’t have any special insight or anything, but this case seems to be an occasion for ill-informed people (some of whom are justices on the Supreme Court) to shoot their mouths off. Why shouldn’t I be able to get in on that?

— Seriously thinking about taking up scrapbooking, calligraphy, flower-arranging, and cross-stitch just so I can throw Hobby Lobby some more business.

— The saddest thing about this whole mess is how pathetically low are the standards for what counts as a conservative “win” now. Celebrating this as a win is like a boxer celebrating because, while he was in the middle of getting his head caved in, he got a standing 8-count from the ref so he could slide his retinas back into place. The avalanche of taxes and regulations that you have to withstand to start and run a business is so smothering that it’s amazing anyone tries it. Then the Supreme Court rules that if one of those regulations forces you to violate your religious conscience, then, under certain narrow conditions, you don’t have to do it. And conservatives start high-fiving like they just won the Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl on the same day. The forces of leftist activism and secularization have pushed us so far into a corner that we don’t even know what winning looks like anymore.

— Speaking of low standards, the corpse of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was reanimated long enough to spew forth a dissenting opinion, and left-wingers are passing it around like it’s the Rosetta Stone of sterling legal argumentation. Mother Jones lists what they consider the highlights (the highlights, mind you) of her dissent, including:

“It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”

Wow, that is really onerous, except that there are about a dozen other kinds of female birth control that are covered by the Hobby Lobby plan, without copay! (And by the way, if that minimum wage employee decided to opt for the super-duper expensive IUD, that means she wouldn’t have to buy birth control again for five years, which makes the IUD cost average out to about 8 bucks a month.)

So employees not only must have birth control paid for, they must have the most expensive kind of birth control paid for, or else it is an unconscionable violation of their rights. Or something.

“Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.”

Yes, this is all about women acting autonomously, right up to the point where they actually have to pay for something, at which point they become as helpless as an extra in a Godzilla movie.

Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”

Remember the dark days before the government could tell employers what their insurance plans had to cover, way back in 2010? Remember all those funerals you had to go to for all the friends who died because their Jehovah’s Witness health insurance wouldn’t pay for blood transfusions? How about all the times that you tried to take a gel coated headache pill, only to have your Jewish boss come running up and slap it out of your hand? Sad times. These are all definite problems that a Supreme Court justice should be concerned about.

— This decision, adjudicating whether the first sentence of the First Amendment still applies to you if you own a business, was 5-4. Five to four. By the way, Antonin Scalia is 78 years old.

— A substantial number of Americans, maybe a majority, has completely embraced the notion that if you don’t give something full-throated support, including financial support, you are therefore trying to “ban” it. A lot of bad things are going to come from that notion.

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