Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Off the cliff

    On the eve of the Fourth of July, as Americans were gearing up to celebrate our freedoms, a slim majority of the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to those freedoms in the name of religious protection for corporations. Worse, it created a weapon that could destroy more.
    In a decision known as Citizens United, the high court had ruled that a corporation is a person. This created a precipitous and dangerous legal cliff. With this week’s Hobby Lobby decision, the court’s majority cloaked itself in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and shoved the American people off the edge.
    With a slim 5-4 majority, the court held that two companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialities, could refuse to pay for employee health insurance that covers contraceptive methods to which the owners object on religious grounds.
    The majority failed the nation in both its interpretation and application of existing laws. It allowed a “sincerely held” religious belief to override the science-based mechanisms of contraception.
    It got lost in the weeds of its corporations-as-people decision and the conviction that government-imposed fines trample the religious freedoms of corporate “persons” that refuse to pay for government-required health insurance that includes all forms of contraception.
    The majority treated employee health insurance like a gift where the choice of gift is controlled by the giver when, in fact, the insurance is a form of wages that should be controlled by employees.
    Americans would revolt if employers had the right to control how they choose to use their money. It’s ludicrous that an employer could legally deny them the ability to choose what kind of car, coffee or cupcakes they spend their own money on—let alone their choice of contraception.
    The Fourth of July will not shine as bright until this wretched decision is overturned.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.