Freedom of religion got thrown into the arena of the Supreme Court on Monday, now it’s just a matter of time before we know if it survives.
The cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the Obamacare contraception and abortifacient mandate were heard by a court divided predictably by political ideology.
Obama cheerleaders Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan earned their keep by grilling the lawyers for the two family-owned businesses. Both of them harped on the possibility that the companies could “just” not offer health insurance to employees and opt instead to pay the penalty/tax, which Sotomayor insisted was “not that high.”
“And in that case Hobby Lobby would pay $2,000 per employee, which is less that Hobby Lobby probably pays to provide insurance to its employees,” Kagan said. “So there is a choice here. It’s not even a penalty by – in the language of the statute. It’s a payment or a tax. There’s a choice.”
If by choice you mean a choice between surrendering your freedom or surrendering hundreds of thousands of dollars in what amounts to protection money, then yeah, there’s a choice.
It’s not even a penalty in the language of the statute, it’s a payment? Kagan stuns whenever she demonstrates why she’s on the high court.
Chief Justice John Roberts made a point of interjecting logic into the liberal justices’ rants. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” he said.
But Sotomayor wouldn’t back off, saying that Hobby Lobby should not offer health care, pay the penalty, and “just pay a greater salary and let the employees go in on the exchange.”
In other words, the company could just keep paying and paying until liberals’ healthcare fantasies all come true.
The justices, joined at times by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scoffed at the suggestion that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects businesses with religious objections to the Obamacare requirement to pay for contraception and abortifacients.
Kagan insisted that women are “quite tangibly harmed” when companies don’t pay for their contraception. In the Left’s alternate reality, a woman’s right to be a slut is absolute, while religious freedom is optional.
Following Sotomayor’s logic, though, women — and men — can “just” pay the “not that high” penalty of keeping their pants on.
Kagan tried to set up a row of straw men — companies could object to blood transfusions or family leave, etc. — but it was a transparent ploy.
The real elephant in the room is abortion and the Left’s manic desire to protect and promote abortion at all costs, even the cost of destroying the Constitution and the country.
If the Supreme Court comes back this summer with a ruling that says business owners with religious views can stuff it, and that Obamacare is the ultimate law of the land, I think that may be the straw that finally breaks the backs of complacent Americans. If that were to be the ruling, it’s not even a short hop to telling people what they can and can’t believe or say in public and in their own churches.
Obamacare is just one of the many ways the Obama Administration is bringing tyranny to this country. Whether it’s successful is now up to a divided group of justices. There’s no guarantee the Constitution will win.