It was over a month ago when lawyers for Hobby Lobby went to the Supreme Court to argue that their company shouldn't be forced to provide insurance for birth control to its employees. Given how slowly the Court works we probably won't hear anything until the fall, but my prediction is they side with Hobby Lobby, probably 5-4 split on political lines.
My reasoning is (beyond pro-business politics) is the Court already declared corporations are people, which makes absolutely no sense. If you follow that logic then Hobby Lobby (the company, not the owners) is a person and "people" have freedom of religion. Thus to respect its religious beliefs it shouldn't have to insure birth control.
I think such a ruling, when it happens, invites disaster. It's one of those things where if you're feeling alarmist--and I am--you can envision how a policy like that could be grossly misused. I mean what happens if you an say the company is Christian, so it doesn't have to hire any Jews or Muslims or atheists or can purge itself of non-Christian workers for not supporting the company's religion? Or what if the company is Christian Scientist and decides it no longer has to offer any health care at all--except prayer?
It's worse than the idea that the pharmacist doesn't have to sell you birth control pills because it's against his religion because this would be on a company-wide scale. Given how so many companies are already trying to weasel out of Obamacare by for instance making employees part-time, this just gives them another avenue and the last thing we need are more corporate loopholes to screw people over.
But maybe I am being too alarmist. Maybe the Court will surprise me, like when they upheld Obamacare to start with. Stranger things have happened.
On another note Saturday I was at Biggby Coffee to type and unfortunately they had Fox "News" on, which is the only time I'd ever watch any of it. On this show called "the Five" they got a chuckle out of a store with a "No Weapons Allowed" policy being robbed at gunpoint. This is one of the dumber arguments the NRA and its conservative lapdogs make. If robbers didn't rob places because there were guns possibly on the premises then so many banks wouldn't be robbed. When people are desperate and/or not in their right minds they don't give a shit that some wanna-be John Wayne might have a gun. And really NRA if everyone owning guns prevented crime then shouldn't Detroit (which probably has the highest number of guns per capita) be a paradise of order?
Then after that was an update on a mass shooting in Santa Barbara and one in Brussels. I guess those places had a No Weapons Allowed policy advertised, right?
Anyway, today is the day to honor people who (mostly) used guns responsibly. They are Everyday Heroes!