Just so you know how freedom has become meaningless to the cultural left, they are in a twist that if Hobby Lobby wins the right to not cover “birth control” on religious grounds, then it might not be possible for homosexual couples to force photographers to affirm same sex “marriage.”
From the Huffington Post:
Arizona’s attempt to let businesses refuse to serve LGBT people on religious grounds sparked significantly more bipartisan outrage than Republicans’ similar efforts to allow companies to refuse to cover birth control. But the two ideas are really a package deal, women’s groups are warning.
“What you’re seeing in both cases are corporations asserting the right to break the law in the name of religion, even if it results in harm and discrimination for third parties,” said Emily Martin, vice president and general counsel for the National Women’s Law Center. “What’s been really heartening with the Arizona case is the recognition that that’s a radical idea.”
The Arizona bill, which Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed following a nationwide backlash from both sides of the aisle, would have allowed businesses like florists and caterers to deny service to gay people on religious grounds. A number of prominent Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, strongly opposed the bill, despite having previously supported legislation to allow for-profit companies to refuse to cover birth control on religious grounds.
So see what freedom-loathing Republicans like John McCain and Mitt Romney have done. They have not only wrecked a law to free people in Arizona, but they have undermined Hobby Lobby as well. Having spit on one freedom of religion they have now renewed efforts against another exercise of that freedom.
Of course, in neither case, should religion even be necessary as a consideration. People should have the right to decide whom they serve and what they support for any reason that seems sufficient to them, whether it is particularly religious or not. Not only is this true, but everyone knows it is true.
They admit it is true. We see it, for example, in this New York Daily News story from a couple of years ago:
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez needs a new hairdresser — or a new stance on gay marriage.
Martinez was recently dropped by her hair stylist, Antonio Darden, who is gay.
Darden told a local news station that he cut the governor’s hair three times, but won’t do it again as long as she continues to oppose gay marriage.
“The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in,” he told KOB-TV. “Because of her stances and her views on this, I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I’d changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no.”
Martinez has said she believes marriage should be between a man and woman.
So do we see any agonizing on the part of Antonio Darden about whether or not he has the right as a human being to refuse to associate with someone because he doesn’t want to? Do we see any sign of curiosity in the media about how someone could get away with such an act?
Because we all know it is supposed to be a free country.
Except people like John McCain and Mitt Romney and all the gay totalitarians who work at Huffington Post think that freedom is only allowed for some, while others face fines and jail for exercising the same right to choose.
People like that are addicted to chains.