David French on Hobby Lobby: ‘The Left Is Weeping Hot, Bitter Tears, and It Should’Posted: June 30, 2014 | |
“For some time, the Left has been selling the public and the courts on the notion that somehow the act of forming a corporation and opening for business operates as an effective waiver of your most basic liberties…”
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Andrew’s and Molly’s post reflecting the hysterical reaction on the Left to the Hobby Lobby decision makes for both entertaining and instructive reading. It’s entertaining because — regarding the issue they claim to care most about, access to contraceptives — the decision blocks exactly no one from obtaining the drugs they choose to purchase. There’s just slightly less free stuff on the market. This is hardly Handmaid’s Tale territory.
It’s instructive because it demonstrates the extent to which the Left is emotionally and ideologically committed to the power of the regulatory state. For some time, the Left has been selling the public and the courts on the notion that somehow the act of forming a corporation and opening for business operates as an effective waiver of your most basic liberties, including free speech, free exercise of religion, and virtually the entire panoply of property rights. In effect, your business is not “your” business at all, but instead all aspects of its operations exist at the whim of the state, and if the state wants to draft you into its child-killing abortion crusade — or wants to muzzle you during political campaigns – then you best salute and fall in line.
By holding that RFRA protects closely-held businesses, the Supreme Court upheld not just the plain meaning of federal statutes but also common sense. In fact, the Obama administration admits that nonprofit corporations can exercise religious-liberty rights, so is the problem the corporate form, or the intent of the corporation? Justice Alito, writing for the Court, notes the irony:
We see nothing in RFRA that suggests a congressional intent to depart from the Dictionary Act definition, and HHS makes little effort to argue otherwise. We have entertained RFRA and free-exercise claims brought by nonprofit corporations…(read more)
- IN THE SUPREME COURT TODAY, a loss for public-sector unions, and a win for Hobby Lobby. Hasn’t been… (pjmedia.com)
- The vote on whether “for-profit corporations or their owners may bring claims under [RFRA]” is 5 to 2, not 5 to 4 (washingtonpost.com)
- Hobby Lobby won (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Supreme Court Rules For Hobby Lobby In Contraception Case (consumerist.com)
- SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control (politico.com)