Hobby Lobby ruling and its implications
The Court Case
Today a SCOTUS ruling allows "closely-held" corporations to behave like people. By this I mean that corporations now have rights such as religious rights. So what the FUCK was this court case about?
In September 2012, Hobby Lobby took a public stand against Obamacare's provision stating that they must carry emergency contraceptives. This is contrary to their past behavior because they actually provided that same type of contraception. They had no problem with providing this type of contraception until they were informed that they had to. They even invested in numerous contraception products while they were objecting to them.
How does Plan B work?
A 5 second google search can easily educate you on how Plan B works as an emergency contraception.
Plan B works like other birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. Plan B acts primarily by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). It may prevent the union of sperm and egg (fertilization). If fertilization does occur, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb (implantation)
Now Plan B requires you to take it within 3 days of intercourse and fertilization of an egg could possibly take up to 7 days. It simply works to make sure that the sperm can't fertilize the egg or stop the egg from attaching to the uterine wall. Plan B isn't just for "an excuse to have promiscuous sex" as some ignorant people would like you to think. These medicines are essential for possible rape victims or people with poor sex education. Below I have put a human embryo and a dog embryo next to each other. If you can point out the dog embryo without a google search, contact me.
What do Christian Beliefs say about abortion?
In the passage below, it's said that YHWH (ie Jesus, God, Holy Spirit, whatever), knows you before you were even formed in the womb:
Jeremiah 1:5, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Now in Psalm 139:13, it states this concept of "God" creating each and every person before they were born into the world again I guess for clarity's sake:
Psalm 139:13, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
Now what happens when you use the pull out method and prevent contraception yourself?
( image via Awkward Moments Childrens Bible )
That's right. You will die because "God" will strike you with lightning. Now to a person that has been heavily indoctrinated into their faith will look at this like "OH! That just means god doesn't want you preventing a life that he planned out." This presents its own complications due to his all powerfulness yet a mere mortal can break or prevent those plans #FreeWill.
What does this mean for the future?
Justice Ginsburg lays out the basic feel for the future due to this ridiculous ruling:
Would the exemption the Court holds RFRA demands for employers with religiously grounded objections to the use of certain contraceptives 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 (Christian Scientists, among others)? -- Ruth Bader Ginsberg
In the spirit of Ginsberg point, here are some fringe beliefs that are actually active and could possibly file circumvent the law using their religion:
The Creativity Movement: Their banner on the website says "Survival, Expansion, and Advancement of the white race" so I'll let you figure out what they represent.
Nation of Yahweh: Another racist religion that believes black jews are the only true believers and white people are actually white devils.
Nuwaubianism: This is yet another racist cult.
What you should take away
What you should take away from this situation is that even though Plan B has since been authorized to be provided over the counter instead of prescription only, as it was in 2012 when the lawsuit was first filed, Hobby Lobby has set a legal precedence for companies treatment of their employees. SCOTUS has confirmed that a company can restrict the benefits they provide their employees even when it's against the law. Considering the weird ass religious beliefs that exist, this can only end horribly. I predict that there will be more circumventing of basic laws due to religious beliefs.
A group of religious leaders have sent a letter to the Obama administration demanding a religious exemption from the coming executive order that would protect LGBT persons from being discriminated. This group includes the president of Gordon College.
A business shouldn't be able to discriminate against someone only because of who he chooses to have sex with. If the tables were turned and someone wanted to discriminate against christians, they would be the first shitheads to cry persecution.
SCOTUS has already suggested that lower courts need to reconsider their rejections of 51 for-profit and 49 non-profit cases where they opposed ALL forms on contraception in the insurance policies b/c of Obamacare.