Okay, apparently the Supreme Court will be hearing a case in which someone is trying to establish a ruling that corporations have religious beliefs. Hey, a court which can take a business fiction that corporations have the rights of persons and turn it into a political reality that corporations have the political right of free speech, they could decide anything, right?
In a number of lower court cases, Catholic business owners have asked for relief from the provision of Obamacare that requires the provision of birth control services in employee provided health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.
Hello? Where in the Catholic catechism does it sat that Catholics are opposed to insurance policies covering birth control services? How is this even a conflict? Even if the insurance policy covers things like birth control pills, no good Catholic would use that service, so where is the conflict?
Oh, you don’t suppose that the Catholic Church is trying to get the government to enforce a piece of their dogma that they themselves cannot enforce do you? Since 92% of American Catholic women have admitted to using birth control in their lives, either the Church’s restriction is invalid (Catholics have voted with their feet) or the Church is trying to get the government to enforce a piece of their dogma that they themselves cannot enforce. And that would violate the separation of church and state principle in the Constitution (specifically we would have a state sponsored religion if we are enforcing Catholic Dogma). Either way, their position is untenable.
Which is probably why they are trying to use the courts to pull off this bit of legerdemain, as there are so many fewer people you have to con to get a favorable ruling.
I can’t wait to hear Justice Scalia’s position on this case, as he is the guy arguing that the Constitution means what it meant to the drafters/adopters in 1789, no modern “interpretations” please. Yet this guy voted for Citizen’s United and, you know, he believes in, you know, … , sssh, the Devil.