I noticed an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that basically reads thus: religious values ought to be private, whereas atheism is public. You are “free” to be as “religious” as you want – provided that you never dare try to emerge from the tiny little black box we liberals force you into. And whether you know it or not, everyone who forms a corporation has to abide by the tenets of secular humanist atheism and is literally immoral for trying to live out their religiously-informed moral values in any way, any shape or any form if they in any way run contrary to liberalism.
I have to ask the question: if liberals hadn’t taken these incredibly intrusive steps “to control the people” (the REAL purpose of ObamaCare), would our society be in this situation in which “a dangerous precedent is created” to allow the constitutional freedom of religion? The obvious answer is “NOT.” But of course religious people should really be viewed as the bad guys because when godless liberal fascists punch us in the mouth before they stab us in the heart we dare to try to defend ourselves.
Here’s the op-ed (note the highly-biased wording of the intro: should the people we hate have the right to evilly “violate” people’s rights?”):
These claims shouldn’t have a prayer
Two challenges to Obamacare on religious grounds would create a dangerous precedent.
By David H. Gans
March 18, 2014
Are secular, for-profit corporations free to violate the rights of their employees by claiming that the law violates their corporate religious conscience? That’s the big question at the heart of the two blockbuster challenges to a key provision of Obamacare that will be heard by the Supreme Court next week. In its 225-year history, the Supreme Court has never held that secular, for-profit corporations are entitled to the free exercise of religion. It should not start now.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood claim in their lawsuits that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers’ health insurance plans cover preventive care for women, including the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives, violates their right to the free exercise of religion. Houses of worship and other religiously affiliated employers already are entitled to a religious accommodation. Some secular businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, claim that they too exercise religion and should be exempted from the obligation to pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees.
Corporations have a number of constitutional rights, mostly connected to property rights and commerce, but the free exercise of religion has never been one of them. The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty always has been seen as a personal right, inextricably linked to the human capacity to express devotion to a god and to act on the basis of reason and conscience. In this respect, the free exercise right shares much in common with the 5th Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination, which too safeguards dignity and conscience and does not protect corporations.
Corporations lack the basic human capacities — reason, dignity and conscience — at the core of the free exercise right. Corporations cannot pray, do not express devotion to God and do not have a religious conscience. The fundamental values at the heart of the free exercise right simply make no sense as applied to corporations.
Corporations are created so business owners can take advantage of the special privileges of the corporate status, such as limited liability. What Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are seeking is to have their cake and eat it too: to be treated as a corporation to receive special privileges, but then be treated as an individual for the purposes of the fundamental protections our Constitution guarantees to secure freedom of conscience and human dignity for all Americans. Corporations should not be permitted to game the system in this way.
Extending free exercise rights to corporations would undercut the rights of actual living, breathing Americans. At stake in this lawsuit is whether corporate chief executives are entitled to impose their religious beliefs on their employees and deny important federal rights to those employees. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood hire workers of all religious faiths and persuasions, but refuse to respect that many of their employees may have a different set of religious views and want and need access to the full range of contraceptives.
Far from vindicating the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty, a ruling that corporations have the same right to the free exercise of religion as individuals would be a grave setback for the rights of Americans in our nation’s workplaces. It would also create a dangerous precedent with dramatic implications far beyond the Affordable Care Act.
A business run by Christian Scientists might refuse to pay for healthcare at all, other businesses run by devout individuals might refuse to pay for the costs of stem cell therapy, or refuse to extend family leave to same-sex married couples, or even fire employees for engaging in activities, such as terminating a pregnancy, that do not conform to the religious code of the company’s owners.
The justices should reject the notion that a corporation is a person that exercises religion.
David H. Gans is director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center. He is a coauthor of the center’s amicus brief in Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. vs. Sebelius.
I never realized that no religious person ever formed a business, but that every single business that ever became a corporation was inherently “secular” (i.e. defined as having no part with ANY religious values)?
I’ve never actually formed a corporation before, so maybe I’m wrong and every time – dating back to the days of our VERY RELIGIOUS founding fathers – people formed a corporation they had to sign some kind of statement agreeing to surrender their constitutional rights to their freedom of religion.
I note the wording of Gans, who says, “The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty always has been seen as a personal right, inextricably linked to the human capacity to express devotion to a god and to act on the basis of reason and conscience.” And, again, having never formed a corporation, I can’t say with certainty that a “human” or “humans” have ever formed a corporation before. Maybe only robots devoid of any “human capacity” have the right to form corporations.
I wonder who forms corporations. Apparently, it’s NOT human beings. But then again, liberals DO view what they colloquially refer to as “human beings” as soulless meat puppets.
According to Gans, the expression of “reason and conscience” are forbidden to corporations or to anyone who works for a corporation. He asserts, “Corporations lack the basic human capacities — reason, dignity and conscience…” Well, that actually explains a LOT. Because, for example, THAT allows you to understand why GM – which of course is protected by the bankruptcy Obama bequeathed upon it – should be allowed to knowingly sell a car with a faulty ignition switch that may at any moment may stall the car causing death or disaster. God – oops, I’m sorry, that’s been banned – I mean Obama forbid that any corporate officer should be allowed to have moral conscience (that only humans should be allowed to have and never corporations) which would keep him or her from making a decision purely based on the “property rights” and “commerce” that liberals say they should be restricted to having.
If you’re atheist, you have rejected the imago Dei – the image of God – in you. It is the recognition OF the image of God in the souls of human beings that makes morality possible – unless you think cockroaches and the rest of the beasts have “morality.” We can consider the fruits of atheism in the reigns of officially state atheist regimes such as the USSR and the other communist countries to see how depraved, perverted and IMMORAL atheism truly is in the murder of at least 100 million of their own citizens even during peacetime. And then we consider Japan (the most atheist nation on earth) and the Bataan Death March and demonic acts such as what Unit 731 perpetuated on living (screaming) human beings. We think of the Nazis and their proven atheism.
So please don’t lecture me that you atheists are going to hold corporations “morally responsible” when you simultaneously deny those selfsame corporations the very foundation for what makes morality possible.
It is for this reason that our founding fathers wrote, “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” It is for this reason that our founding fathers wrote, “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Basically, what Gans is asserting is that no religious person ought to be allowed to form a corporation if they want to be allowed to practice their values; only atheist, secular humanist liberals ought to be allowed to incorporate. Which George Washington pretty much directly stated was an act of treason. Oh, you could look at it this way (with liberals playing the part of the Pharisee’s Temple guard punching Jesus in the mouth and mocking Him by saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?”). On this view, Hobby Lobby should have prophetically KNOWN when they chose to incorporate back in 1972 that one day demon-possessed liberals would force them to abandon and betray their Christian moral values and decided not to incorporate.
The alternative is to suggest that Christians and other religious people really have no business forming a business and should not have the right to incorporate unless they agree to abide by the moral values of Hitler, Stalin and fascist liberals.
Why is it that if I form a corporation I don’t have any right to imprint it with my values, but must instead bow down to Obama’s values?
I ask who died and made liberals “god”? Because one thing is crystal clear: they HAVE made themselves God such that they can depose God’s moral values and install their own rival values in place of God’s values.
You need to understand what is happening and why. Back in 1972 when Hobby Lobby incorporated, none of this crap was an issue. What has happened since is that godless liberals have seized more and more and more dictatorial power for their fascist Government-as-God and have put God and those who value Him and His values into a smaller and smaller little box. And what liberals are saying today is that we won’t take away your “freedom” to believe in your stupid little “god” – as the overwhelming majority of Americans still do – provided you live your life as if you DON’T believe in God.
I think about the Little Sisters of the Poor who oppose having the atheism of ObamaCare abortion murder forced upon them. Oh, they can get out of it – providing they undergo a “Pontius Pilate-esque” ceremony in which they sign a form “washing their hands” of the babies who would be killed on their behalf by an insurance company.
And in this age of atheism as the official policy of the United States, how dare these nuns not play the part of Pilate?
Religious people have no right to impose their moral values; that is a right that only godless liberal Nazis ought to have.
The sad thing is that very soon the Antichrist – the beast prophesied in the Books of Daniel and Revelation – will take power. And these liberals will have their way. But you can see it coming today if you have eyes to see and ears to hear.
The beast is coming. And after liberals vote for him to impose the mark of the beast, by which no man or woman may participate in the economy unless they worship the beast and take his mark upon their right hands or their foreheads, believe you me that “religious values” will NOT be legitimate grounds to escape.
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