Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Is Just Wrong

Tue Jul 01, 2014 04:53:32AM

Supreme Court Building
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could deny its employees certain health care coverage, in this case contraception, based on religious beliefs. This means that companies can now prohibit or restrict its employees from partaking in actions that are legal under US law but not in line the religious views of the company.

The biggest question that comes to mind after reading this ruling is: “If Hobby Lobby was an Islamic company instead of a Christian one, and Hobby Lobby wanted to impose parts of Sharia Law on it’s employees would the Supreme Court still have ruled in the same manner?”

Another extremely worrisome application of this ruling is how it could erode the quality of healthcare in America. What if a for-profit Jehova’s Witness owned company wanted to exclude all types of blood transfusions and some types of organ transplants? People who are in dire need of medical attention could be restricted by the beliefs of the company they work for.

Which slides right to the next absurdity, the beliefs of the company. The Supreme Court once again ruled that corporations are people and are therefore provided the all the rights of a person. With this ruling, corporations also seem to be first-class people who are potentially allowed to discriminate and make limited decisions about its employees’ health.

Essentially, this ruling is just backwards. There would be a strong argument if Hobby Lobby was a non-profit organization, but they are for-profit company that operates in the free market and they should not be able to impose their religious beliefs on the work force that they utilize to turn a profit.
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