Monday, 14 July 2014

“Paperwork is against my religion…”

A clip from MSNBC’s Up, about the fallout from the Hobby Lobby ruling travesty. They followed this up with a truly stupid ruling…

“Some groups said that the paperwork was against their religion. The court agreed with them.”

I’d say this was unbelievable, but it’s no longer unbelievable, for contemporary America. As one of the guests in the above clip says, “I’m utterly confused… this doesn’t make any sense to me”. Well said. This type of ruling, and the expanse and advancement of religiosity and religion-based rulings (some would say this is the “Talibanization” of America) is very troubling from an outside perspective. It sets an extremely troubling precedent for future rulings. And, once again, I am stunned that “freedom of religion” trumps “freedom from religion”.

I’m reminded of what Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Draft Constitution for Virginia: “All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.” How is allowing a business the right to impose their religious beliefs on their employees not compelling employees to adhere to a religious institution they do not themselves follow?

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