Go Buy Your Damn Craft (and craft) Supplies Somewhere Else

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As we all know, today the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the Hobby Lobby case, which presents the issue of whether a corporation should get away with the claim that its religious beliefs (actually, the purported religious beliefs of the current owners because, pace Mitt Romney and Citizens United, corporations are not people, my friend, and they can’t have religions) are entitled to such deference that the corporation can refuse to provide its employees with health insurance that covers birth control. Or in other words, whether Hobby Lobby’s right to swing its “religious” fist ends where its employee’s vagina begins.

As I’ve noted before, the Supreme Court (in general) chooses, with absolute discretion, which cases it hears. This court didn’t select this case (“grant cert.,” in lawyer-speak) because it wants to defend women’s right to control their own bodies.

Sarah Posner has a good write-up of today’s argument. She observes that:

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing the government’s position, highlighted that if the Court ruled for Hobby Lobby, it would mark the first time a court granted an exemption that “extinguishe[d] the statutorily guaranteed benefits” of someone else: Hobby Lobby’s employees. As Kagan noted, “Congress has made a judgement to provide an entitlement,” in other words, the birth control coverage, “and that entitlement is to women” who are “harmed” if they are denied it. Justice Anthony Kennedy, thought to be the swing vote, asked Clement, “how would you suggest we think about the rights of employees?”, noting that their religious beliefs might not square with those of their employer. But Justice Antonin Scalia questioned whether RFRA was even intended to take into account the interests of third parties at all.
 
It was hard not to sense that somehow, if the coverage had been for something other than contraceptives — say, as Sotomayor pressed several times, vaccinations or blood transfusions — the question of the impact on employees might have been treated differently.

NTodd has more.

And echidne, as usual, speaks truth to power. (She’s as pessimistic as I am.)

Mr. Pierce does grok that it’s always about women’s (at first he tries to make it broader, but then the truth outs) sexuality.

Atrios explains, in his usual succinct style, what it’s really all about.

Literata has a lovely prayer to Columbia and Justica.

We’ll have to wait until early Summer to find out, but I’m less than enthusiastic about our chances, especially given Justice (often the swing vote) Kennedy’s questions. And, Justice Roberts needs to re-ingratiate himself with the wingnuts; this case provides him with a perfect chance.

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6 responses to “Go Buy Your Damn Craft (and craft) Supplies Somewhere Else

  1. Sometimes the insanity leaves me speechless … going to stand out in the rain for a while.

  2. If they let Hobby Lobby get away with this, I’m just wondering how much longer it will take corporations to start inventing their own religions so they can get around anything they want. It hasn’t worked for us little folks, it shouldn’t get to work for them.

  3. Yet another argument for single-payer (as if another one were needed).

  4. I so wonder if we need to be seeking sustainable sources for larger handbaskets….the map to wingnut hell seems fairly immutable already.

  5. Unfortunately, we will have to take this not to the Supreme Court, but to the Court of Public Opinion … which means essentially what your headline suggests. Don’t patronize these places! And if Hobby Lobby is the only place you can get supplies for your hobby, choose another hobby.

  6. I did! Made the choice to go to JoAnne for my supplies this afternoon. Frack HL.

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