Monday, June 30, 2014
On the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision (Updated)
I will be speaking at a press conference outside Hobby Lobby Store at 3160 S Broadway in Edmond at 7:30 PM this evening to object to the Supreme Court's decision today. At the moment, here is what I intend to say: Today's Supreme Court decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, lacks common sense. It tramples on the religious liberty rights of real, flesh and blood, persons in order to extend religious liberty rights to corporate pseudo-persons. The right to religious liberty is a fundamental HUMAN RIGHT. Corporations are legal constructs, not human beings. Common sense indicates that the religious convictions of profit-making corporate pseudo-persons should not trump the religious convictions of their real, flesh and blood, employees. The conscience of employers should not trump the conscience of employees when personal decisions are made regarding the employees family planning, reproductive health and their ability to access FDA approved medications and contraceptives. Those decisions are properly made by the employee in consultation with her family, her physician, and under the guidance of her own minister or spiritual advisor. We need to begin working together to pass a Constitutional Amendment that will make it crystal clear that the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment only apply to persons who are human beings and do not apply to corporate pseudo-personages.