In the recent SCOTUS decision, 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby’s right not to provide contraception to female employees conservatives have won a battle and marched toward losing a broader unseen war. The decision is a great relief valve for the Right which of recent has been bombarded with rulings from Federal Courts that go against their core “values.” Yesterday, the Internet was ablaze with joyous proclamations from conservatives about this first brick being pulled from the temple of Obamacare.

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The reality of the ruling is that it is rooted in two legal foundations. The first, is that it supports the federal nature of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. This act grants assurances that religious freedom in America will be protected against government intervention. If that is the case now you will see individuals who want to have mosques built in regions of the United States where bigotry exists against Muslims using this law as a foundation for arguing in favor of their religious beliefs. Conservative opponents of these mosques being built will argue that this is a step toward Sharia Law which of course it is not. The next time such a matter comes before a court I hope the judge reminds the conservatives of the Hobby Lobby decision.

Second is the far more political boring issue of what a closely held corporation is. Now I’ve read about a pound of articles about what a closely held corporation is and let me tell you it led to some of the best sleep I’ve had in ages. Since I’m not a business guy I’ll leave that definition to the experts:

A type of business corporation that is owned and operated by a small group of people.

A closed corporation is also known as a close corporation, a family corporation, an incorporated partnership, and a chartered partnership. In this type of corporation all of the functions are usually performed by the same parties. These individuals serve as shareholders, officers, and directors and are involved in the management and operation of the business. A closed corporation differs from a publicly held corporation since its stock is neither issued nor traded to the public at large.

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In Hindsight

I think this is a travesty from a political standpoint that religious beliefs of corporations [they have religious beliefs too?] trump the medical needs of the employees of those corporations. Makes me wonder if corporations are people are the employees cells and groups of employees organs?? Anyway, every political victory won in the courts has a consequence. That Truth applies to Progressives and Conservatives alike.

Pax Terra !

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
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  1. dcobranchi Says:

    A closely held corporation is one in which 50% + 1 of the voting shares are held by 5 or fewer (genuine human) persons. Walmart (controlled by the Walton family) is legally a closely-held corporation.

    • And this Ser Daryl is what makes this issue so complex.

      • The SCOTUS decision opens all the doors and windows for for all religions to claim exemptions not just Christians. While the decision angers Us as it relates to women’s health issues it delights The Meditators as it will take a step toward tolerance in a nation desperate in need for some.

      • One raindrop of conservative social victory in an ocean of conservative social defeats. We feel you need the ice.

    • dcobranchi Says:

      WTF? I clarified a point from the post. Why did you feel it necessary to respond?

    • Take the time to read the article Neocon01. This ruling is based upon a law that guarantees religious freedom. Not just religious freedom for Christians. All religions will use this decision to secure their freedom to worship. Many of those religions that you abhor will become more visible in their practices because Hobby Lobby wanted this decision.

  2. We understand this issue thusly; if a woman becomes pregnant and she does not wish to have a child at this time there is no rational reason, in your belief system, that allows her to do anything other than to give birth to the child. However, if she keeps the child and is severely affected economically by this choice, you say she should not be assisted by the government? This is a fallacious loop. What you are actually doing is saying simply that women should not have the enjoyment of sex and should be punished by having economic disadvantage via being forced to raise a child.

  3. dcobranchi Says:

    The decision covers all forms of birth control. Apparently, the five justices who are members of that murderous cult known as Christianity, believe that contraceptives are different from all other forms of presciption medications. Why? Because religous freedom. Yeah, it makes no sense whatsoever. But that’s religion for ya. It makes no sense by definition.

    • Ser Daryl does not hold your beliefs and as a Free Citizen of the United States there is no requirement that he do so. It is your dream of Dominionism that you share with Mark Noonan that will be your downfall Neocon01. That pitiful and bigoted dream of racial hegemony was killed by science long ago.

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      That’s just bull shit. People twist religion into what they want it to be to suit their needs. Religion in and of itself was a societal glue. It was when the greedy wanted to use it to get more money and sex and power that it became corrupted. Your people are using it for that same reason today right in your country and it is being seen and documented. You are on the wrong side of this issue pal.

  4. dcobranchi Says:

    Will no one rid us of this meddlesome troll?

    • This troll is the voice of conservative anti-intellectualism. The more people hear his archaic views the more they will understand that his side is doomed to be crushed under the weight of diversity, technology, prosperity and freedom.

      • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

        Pain that’s a great way to describe Neocon1

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      Yeah he’s a worn out asshole, but this blog, unlike conservative blogs inspires debate even when the comments are offensive. Moral high ground and all that rot. No conservative blog will allow any liberal to comment with facts because that would make a few of their right wing followers consider checking facts. On the Right that kind of thinking cannot be tolerated.

    • dcobranchi Says:

      And this is why neocon01 should be banned. He(?) “thinks” it’s somehow clever to modify someone’s screen name into an insult. Thus “dcobranchi” becomes “douchebaggery” or some variation on that theme. “Majordomo” is butchered into “Moredumbo.” It’s juvenile and tiresome.

      • sarahbloch Says:

        Ser Daryl I get that trust me I have dealt with this miserable man’s insults for nearly a decade now on many sites. My point is that banning people is the action taken by conservatives and the uber religious who cannot defend their positions so they just silence their opponents. This blog doesn’t do that. The only way to get banned is to post something illegal.

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