Jesus Christ Superstore: Jon Stewart on the Hobby Lobby is a “person of faith” lawsuit

Jon Stewart weighs in on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit alleging that the store is really a “person of faith,” and thus should be exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, aka Obamacare) mandate to cover contraception in employee health plans.

We’ve written a few pieces on this, including two overview pieces here and here, and my tongue-in-cheek (but only just) article asking why Hobby Lobby has never been circumcised, married, or been to communion if it’s such a good Christian.

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  • Gustav2

    An outcome of the abortion protests, the unholy political marriage of Roman Catholics and Protestants trying to stop women from their exercising their constitutional rights.

  • Badgerite

    The RCC has never accepted contraception as an acceptable method of birth control.

  • Badgerite

    It shouldn’t be able to use religion as an argument either way. It is a business which employs more than 50 people. That is not a person. That is an ORGANIZATION. It is just ridiculous what the SCOTUS has done with these terms. So in an ORGANIZATION of more then 50 people, whose religion is it that is protected from interference? Certainly not the employees. Whose rights are just deemed to be inconsequential. They are saying the rights of the owner to lead his own life in terms of religion suddenly are transferred to an organization which he controls which is his source of income and which involves the efforts of over 50 other people to secure that income. It is like putting a whole new right in the bundle of rights which relate to ownership of a commercial concern.
    From everything I have read, these two companies had health plans in place prior to the ACA which did cover the methods of contraception they suddenly find so objectionable. So right off the bat, the SCOTUS has shown that true religious conviction is not required to bring a lawsuit to evade the requirements of a federal law, which was one of Justice Kagan’s concerns. Otherwise, how do you explain their prior actions with respect to employee health insurance plans and how do you explain that reportedly 90% of their merchandise for sale is imported from China which has a mandatory one child policy and enforces that through government mandated abortions, if necessary.

  • vickif

    Your forgetting Bruce Wayne aka Batman.

  • benb

    15 minutes of Fame for the not-to-bright Hobby Lobby family who’ve been talked into a SCOTUS case by some conservative groups ( the Hobby Lobbyists?) who are only interested in making a Political move.

    Frankly, I think that Hobby Lobby is endangering the tax deductability of the health plan it offers to it’s employees simply because it’s no longer a haalth plan—it’s a religious instrument to coerce or punish employees.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    It’s a wonder that Ronald Reagan didn’t include religious corporations in his senile stories!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’d rather not perpetuate stereotypes like that… If you’d ever met my Ex-brother-in-law, swishy and lispy is the absolute last thing in the world you’d conclude about him.

  • Tor

    I think the term is “Bruce Crow.” I don’t know why, but every gay stereotype from my generation was named Bruce. As in “Broo-ooth you’re thuch a beatht.”

  • Matt Rogers

    I don’t remember hearing about it either, and I used to be religiously conservative. It seemed to become an issue after several high-profile evangelicals started trying to impose their lifestyle on the whole country. If you go back far enough, the early evangelicals didn’t have a clear position on abortion either.

    I loved the book “Stealing Jesus” by Bruce Bawer, an out journalist. It’s an easy read and a real eye-opener.

  • Elijah Shalis

    Employers have a long history of making faith a part of the workplace. It is a way for the employer to control their employees and feel more powerful and special. Protestants used to hire only protestant workers and fired catholics. I don’t know how rich people whom are going to have a hard time getting into Heaven can justify this. God forbid their employees are a different protestant denomination or catholic or not Christian at all. If you are buying cheaper goods from a country with menial slave labor and forced abortions to increase your profit margins, you shouldn’t be able to use religion as an argument.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    A big part of it is another attack on the ACA. But the far-right radical wingnuts are in a froth about everything these days and it’s all connected.

    A win in the Hobby Lobby case is a strike against the ACA trying to set any standards for health insurance, as well as for any requirement that an employer even provide it. “I’m sorry, but it’s against my deeply held religious beliefs for anyone to see a doctor. I don’t want to be forced to pay for it.”

    It’s also a strike against women’s rights. Plus an individual or a business owner can assert their discriminatory belief even absent supporting facts. The Hobby Lobby position is literally based on the lie that contraceptives work by causing abortions.

    And it’s a strike against LGBT rights, as well as any laws or regulations protecting minorities from discrimination.

    In other words, this case as well as all the “Jim Gay”* laws being proposed around the country, to permit discrimination and unequal treatment based on asserted religious beliefs, are totally interconnected. The same individuals and lobbying groups are behind them.

    * = If the term ‘Jim Gay Law’ ever becomes a meme, I am SO totally claiming credit for inventing it.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Of course they covered it before, because never has people’s private health insurance policies covering contraception ever been controversial before. It’s been entirely contrived to oppose Obama.

  • Dick_Woodcock

    Funny, I grew up going to a very conservative baptist church. I don’t ever remember hearing anything at all about contraception being bad.

  • 1976boy

    If they are so opposed to contraception, then just don’t use it. Problem solved. Anything else is a transparent attempt to impose religious beliefs on others.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Ultimately this is about the Hobby Lobby owners who are just cranky conservative f*cks who don’t like Obamacare and are making up reasons to be angry about it, and the GOP which is taking advantage of these useful idiots in order to make another broadside attack on Obamacare.

    Supposedly it came out in oral arguments that they actually covered contraception pre-Obamacare, but then removed that coverage as a reaction to the law saying they had to cover it.

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