I watched as the protestors in front of the Supreme Court of the United States framed their (public) arguments, and gagged.
The issue: Can the U.S. government require, by mandate, that business owners be required to provide (pay for or rather, pay for insurance that covers) medical services which violate the religious principles of the business expressed via the religious principles of the primary owners.
The specific cases: Several privately held corporation who’s owners follow strict versions of the Catholic faith, are suing not to have to pay for an employee insurance plan that includes abortion coverage and contraception coverage – both of which are prohibited by their religion. Strengthening case 1, the owners operate two business divisions, one of which is a christian book store chain.
In a second case, a charitable religious non-profit corporation that is clearly identified as a religious organization and provides elderly and hospice care (it’s run by nuns – can’t get more religious than that), is similarly suing not to have to pay for an employee insurance plan that includes abortion coverage and contraception coverage – both of which are prohibited by their religion.
The government’s response: If it’s not a church / synagogue / mosque, it’s not a religious organization and gets no exemption from Obamacare requirements. Or in other words, religion’s place is limited to home and place of worship.
The (for the government’s position) protestor’s position: THEY’RE TAKING AWAY OUR RIGHT TO CONTRACEPTION AND ABORTION! TRYING TO LOCK WOMEN AWAY AND STRIP THEM OF THEIR RIGHTS. And corporations and businesses are not people, they have no rights (like freedom of religion). And if a corporation wants to limit what it has to provide it’s employees, that’s either racist or sexist (sexist even if it’s a bunch of nuns, and racist even if it’s a black church run company).
The (against the government’s position) protestor’s position: Since when is it ok for the government to tell you that you have to violate your religion??? Company’s are made up of people, and since when are people required to leave their religious principles outside the company door?
Our position – rights are options you may exercise and protections upon which others may not impinge. There is no “right to a job”, though there may be a “right not to be discriminated on the basis of xxxx when being considered for a job”. There is no “right to internet access”, though there may be a “right that all customer’s requesting a service be treated equally.”
If the government wishes to provide free or low cost fertility control services / medication / devices / procedures to it’s citizens, it certainly may do so. BUT REQUIRING others to do so is a violation of every right and freedom that democracy holds dear.
That some want to protest that their rights are being denied is sick. Their “right” for free stuff? Nobody sees a societal problem with this???