The Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision which gives companies religious "freedoms" adds another means for companies to squeeze their employees. I'm
not saying Hobby Lobby is some sort of evil company, they treat their employees quite well actually. But not every company can be trusted to be so (as
the owner of Hobby Lobby stated) "Christian".
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
This is the "Religion Clause" of the 1st amendment. First part should make it impossible to give companies religious "freedoms" but the second
part is where Hobby Lobby argued that paying for female contraception limits their "free exercise" of their chosen religion. Christianity.
The Establishment Clause is a limitation placed upon the United States Congress preventing it from passing legislation respecting an establishment of
religion. The second prohibition inherent from this specified prohibition is no preference by the U.S. government of one religion over another; an aim
desired by the Founding Fathers necessary to accommodate all of the many denominations in the United States. The Establishment Clause prohibits
Congress from preferring or elevating one religion over another, but does not prohibit the government's entry into religious domain to make
accommodations for religious observances and practices in order to achieve the purposes of the Free Exercise Clause.
Here in where lies the problem, if Hobby Lobby was a predominately Muslim company well this would've never made it close to the Supreme Court. If it
had somehow, those 5 catholic men wouldn't have voted in their favour. Seperation of Church and State isn't in the constitution. However it is a
phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson as well as James Madison. So enough of this founding fathers wanted a christian nation crap. In the late 1700s in
the Treaty of Tripoli it is written:
"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."
This Supreme Court decision has a dangerous potential for corruption. Similar to the Citizens United ruling stating companies are people and therfor
can donate indirectly and directly to political candidates. This decision places the CEO's religion, or whom ever holds the majority of shares, as a
religion which their employees must adhere to whether they are part of their religion or not. Of course they're not forcing employees to pray and
follow a religion, that would be ridiculous. But they are imposing the company's religious views into the employees personal/private health insurance
plan. By the way there was a clause for companies that did not want to pay for contraceptives, that they pay a fee to give employees a third party of
some sort to buy contraceptives. This decision was about not paying that fee to opt out on the grounds of religions "freedom".
I place "freedom" between quotes because it's a christian freedom. What happens when the billionaire oil king who's started a Sharia Law
experiment in his country decides to impose as much Sharia Law as is legally possible in all his Los Angeles hotels. Also the idea of banning Sharia
Law in those southern states would go against this new ruling. This court decision has placed christianity over other religions, as if they needed
help lol. Using the best of moral and ethical values from religion and applying it to your workplace is a nice idea. But it's disrespectful to any
and all who don't follow their religion.
I'm NOT an atheists. Atheist activists piss me off as they say quite a lot of stupid sh*t. But I believe that religon and the workplace should be
seperated. Houses of worship are for those who seek faith in religion, companies are for those who seek money. Churches are non-profit community
organizations, a place for worship. Both churches and some companies raise funds for charities and have programs to help the homeless and poor. The
church does it for moral and ethical reason. Most companies do it for good public relations.
If you support the Hobby Lobby decision as a christian than let me lay something out for you. Church is for the worship of God. Companies are for the
accumulation of money for their members. By adding religion to companies you are mixing God and money.
As Jesus said:
You cannot serve both God and money