Here’s the short version of the liberal take on Hobby Lobby via the Houston Chronicle and syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr.
“Shut up and pay up.”
“There is something intrusive and even faintly Talibanesque about the idea of religious values shared by some of us being imposed on thousands of us because of where they happen to work.”
Christian opposition to abortifacient drugs is just like the Taliban…right. Yep. Christians routinely support stoning for adultery and are pretty cool with genital mutilation, too. I guess that is why the Taliban murders little school girls – just to thwart their contraceptive choices.
Except for the fact that Hobby Lobby is a business owned by a Christian family that pays starting employees 80% higher than minimum wage, closes early so their employees can see their families at night, keeps their stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that their workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest and have not only added jobs in a weak economy, but also raised wages for the past four years in a row, they are EXACTLY like the Taliban.
The exercise in intellectual excellence continues:
“An employee owes an employer an honest day’s work. She owes it to the company to represent it to the best of her ability. She does not owe it veto power over her most intimate medical decisions. A woman’s contraceptive choices are none of her employer’s business.”
I actually agree with that Leonard – up until the point that your idea of government mandates that the employer pays for it – if she wants one of the 4 abortifacient therapies that Hobby Lobby opposes, all she has to do is whip out the Visa and pay for it herself. Remember, the new national standard of healthcare is that it is cheaper than her monthly cell phone bill.
Maybe I’ll start paying attention to your screeds when you say the same thing about the federal government mandating or requiring behaviors (or the exclusion of them) as they tie strings to doling out taxpayer funds…or even the government mandating the purchase of a product, say – I don’t know – INSURANCE – against the will of many people.
For the ten thousandth time, you turgid liberal ignoramuses, Hobby Lobby is giving plenty of choices -16 to be exact – just not the ones that end in the holy sacrament of your religion – abortion.
Pitts tries to do exactly what the Washington Post tried to do to the Koch brothers – but fails even more completely than they did.
The hyperbolic headline of Pitt’s contribution to the liberal trash heap of reason is telling:
“Hobby Lobby case just another assault on our freedoms”
You bet it is, Mr. Pitts – but in a way 180 degrees opposed to what you think it is.