Hobby Lobby’s owners are conservative Christians, and though their company isn’t a church, they’d like to choose which laws they approve of and which they don’t, and follow only the laws they like. And a federal appeals court just ruled that not only can their suit go forward, but they’re likely to win. Because apparently, “This law violates my religious beliefs” is now a get-out-of-jail-free card.
[ ]…Before we get to the core question here, it’s just incredible that one of the reasons the court found in favor of Hobby Lobby was that the company didn’t want to pay for insurance that would pay for “drugs and devices that the plaintiffs believe to be abortifacients.” But what they believe is utterly irrelevant. One of the methods they object to is Plan B, the morning-after pill. But Plan B isn’t an abortifacient. The plaintiffs can choose to “believe” that it is if they want, but they’re asking that the state accept their belief as if it were true just because they believe it, and thereby exempt them from obeying the law. In effect that creates a justification for anyone who wants to ignore the law to create their own factual universe, then use that invented universe to say they’re exempt from the laws everyone else has to follow. If you get caught by a speed camera going 50 in a 35 zone, you can’t say, “Your honor, I believe that all speed cameras automatically register cars as going 15 miles per hour over their actual speeds. Therefore, I was going 35, and I am exempt from this fine.”
This is an important distinction between a moderate reasonable person who has religious beliefs and practices those beliefs under the protection of the 1st Amendment. These far right conservatives thinks the practice of their particular brand of dogma extends to their beliefs taking precedence over everyone else. is there a difference between the way they interpret their beliefs and the way a radical Muslim fundamentalist practices their religion. There might be a tiny particle of difference, but not enough to really distinction between the two without a powerful microscope. Some of us remember when Rand Paul was running for Senate in 2010. Some of his supporters decided to stomp on the head of a protester at one of his events. Suppose that was part of a political groups religious beliefs, head stumping is ordained by their church doctrine. Well, we couldn’t send anyone to jail for head stumping, because of the way Hobby Lobby and other conservative zealots, with the court’s help, interpret freedom of religion.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814.
The libertarian activist Adam Kokesh who called for and then canceled an armed march on Washington uploaded a YouTube video on July 4 that shows him loading a shotgun in the center of Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C, near the White House. In the video, Kokesh cryptically warns, “We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American revolution. See you next Independence Day.”
Let’s differentiate between the average gun owner, capable of rational thought and those who belong to the Church of the Gun, like Kokesh. he and his kindred gun fetishists see the 2nd Amendment and suffering from the delusions that generally go with is kind of freakishness, fail to see the words “well regulated.” have you seen the Church of the Gun hold any rallies or protests that promote a living wage for an honest day’s work. Seen them hold a protest over the probably legal, but excessive surveillance by the NSA. Ever seen the guns are holy crowd protest on behave of the right of children to have clean water and air. Ever hear of gun worshiping nutbars having a rally to protest the government intrusion on a woman’s right to have autonomy over her own body. You have not seen these pathetic specimens at such events because they have no real core beliefs except guns. Ina future USA where most of our constitutional and economic rights have been slowly eroded, the Church of the Gun is smiling in blissful ignorance because they have one single right left, the right to load a gun and make weird threats.