Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:14 AM
AndyA (16,993 posts)
Oklahoma Attorney General Backs Hobby Lobby On Healthcare Fight
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) wasting taxpayer money to protect the religious beliefs of company, saying it violates their civil rights. I guess the employees of that company don't have any civil rights?
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Response to AndyA (Original post)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:32 AM
beemer27 (99 posts)
1. Please explain something to me
This is not about the civil rights of the owners of the Hobby Lobby Corporation. The owners have religious beliefs, and these beliefs should, and ARE respected and protected by our society. This is about the "civil rights" of a corporation. If a corporation is an entity created by some governing authority, not a human being,how can that entity that exists only on paper have ANY "rights"? Can a corporation attend church? Does the corporation have religious beliefs? Will a corporation spend eternity in hell for violating said beliefs?
This one will probably end up in the Supreme Court, and the outcome of this case will have profound and far-reaching consequences.
Response to beemer27 (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:51 AM
AndyA (16,993 posts)
2. A federal appeals court has already ruled on this
The Supreme Court has also rejected an emergency injunction to shield Hobby Lobby from the mandate.
It's beyond me that corporations have the same rights as individuals. A company is comprised of groups of people, all of whom have individual rights. They should not be entitled to additional rights under the guise of a corporation.
A corporation is a non-living entity. Laws protect corporations, but I don't see how a non-living, non-breathing thing has the same rights as a living, breathing person. The people who make up the corporation all have rights, and that's where it should end, in my opinion. Those people can vote, call their representatives, donate money to campaigns, etc., but they should do so individually.
These "religion-based" corporations need to understand that the freedom of religion right not only means there's a right to practice your chosen faith, but it's also the right to not have another person's chosen faith forced onto someone else.
I don't shop at Hobby Lobby for this reason. It seems to me that if these corporations are really based on The Bible, they are picking and choosing which parts of that book they want to abide by based on what fits their ideals, and that isn't the way it works.