Hobby Lobby puts an end to the long national nightmare of corporaphobia

For a long time in our country, businesses were treated as second-class citizens.

With the advent of the Supreme Court’s momentous decision last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the last acceptable form of discrimination in America — corporaphobia — is finally coming to an end.

Corporaphobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or support of discrimination against billion-dollar businesses who can crush you like a fly.

"I have a cream..." Crunchy-feely Eden Foods has joined Hobby Lobby in its crusade against women.

“I have a cream…” (Crunchy-feely Eden Foods has joined Hobby Lobby in its crusade against women.)

As you know, in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court found that the Affordable Care Act’s (aka Obamacare’s) contraceptive mandate does not apply to the Hobby Lobby crafts chain because, among other things, the company is “closely held” by a quite-religious Christian family.

The court ruled, in essence, that the company and the religious beliefs of its founders were inextricably intertwined; and that Hobby Lobby is not just people, but really really Christian people.

And it’s about time.

America has long been tarnished by its original sin of treating corporations as only three-fifths-a-man.

For much of the past century, businesses have been denied the right to freedom of speech (through limits on corporate financial contributions to political campaigns), freedom of association (by limiting the rights of corporations to hire and fire, and deny public accommodations, based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age), and the freedom to marry (the federal government’s recent attempts to block the mergers of AT&T and T-Mobile, and American Airlines and US Airways, come to mind).

But no more.

Thanks to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Mitt Romney’s dream of corporations as people is finally coming to fruition.

It remains unclear if the conservatives on the Court will some day deem people to be people as well.


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  • Pith_n_Vinegar

    I can still marry one, though, right? And get an annulment when it fails to impregnate?

  • Pith_n_Vinegar

    I say “coprohagia” to “corporophobia.”

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

    Little did we know that corporations moving to the Caymans or Dubai was actually an underground railroad, and not just a method of tax evasion.

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

    …and they had absolutely no problem providing it before. It was only when the Affordable Care Act mandated it that they suddenly had a religious dilemma.

  • BillFromDover

    Thank Thor, I was wondering when the SCOTUS would finally take us hoi polloi out of the corporate person hood equation?

    I was getting tired of voting anyhows.

    For a while there, I thought it would actually take one more bat-shit crazy, fuck precedent, biased, religious Catholic homo, conservative on the court to reach this plateau.

    RIP women!

  • Indigo

    Alrightie then. I’ve said it before and I’ll just go ahead and repeat myself: I’ll believe corporations are persons when Texas executes one.

  • Jackie Hill

    You cant take the birth control because HL said its against their religion, but they can make millions investing in same denied birth control. Major hypocrisy. But thats ok with Alito, Scallia, Robert’s , Thomas and Kennedy..Hypocrites all

  • nicho

    They don’t have to bother voting. They just buy the election.

  • Demosthenes

    Our long national nightmare is indeed over. Hobby Lobby and recent campaign finance laws are just the beginning of this national corporate renaissance. We all eagerly await further advances in corporate freedoms. The right to vote! The ability to deny all medical insurance to employees if it violates the company’s “religious” beliefs.

    The promising corporate future beckons.

  • Force Crater

    Good point! But American business is indemnified against loss because that is how a Fascist system works. And that is not hyperbole folks! It is just the sad truth.

  • nicho

    Dave Lindorff makes a good point in a piece on Counterpunch today:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/07/hobby-lobby-and-the-future-of-health-care/

    Meanwhile, there is another problem with the Hobby Lobby
    ruling. Hobby Lobby, like most of those companies that still offer
    insurance plans to their workers, does not actually pay for the full
    cost of the policies. In fact, in many workplaces, workers pay the bulk
    of the premiums for their insurance. All the company does is arrange for
    the group coverage. Furthermore, if the company does pay a
    share of the cost for its workers, it is allowed to deduct those costs
    from its income, and is thus being subsidized by the nation’s taxpayers.
    To say that those employers are “paying” for the insurance is simply a
    fraud and a lie.

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