I had to read the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby because I knew it would drive the Lefty Fundamentalists insane. The media went nuts.
It was designed to do the exact opposite.
When you read it, you can see immediately that it was not written by Thomas or Scalia. It is poorly written and both of those justices are excellent and enjoyable writers. The staff wrote it with directions.
I can see clearly what happened. The four conservatives went to Roberts and offered him a deal: if we can deliver a decision that does not cite the First Amendment and does not deal with businesses via Citizens United, will you sign on? Roberts said ‘yes’ because he is making every effort to be conciliatory and be seen in the future as a moderate.
So the four conservatives got a bottle of scotch and some cigars and they figured out how to write the entire decision on the basis of Democratic Party actions. Here is how they did it:
The entire ruling is based on a 1993 law passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by Billy Clinton called the The Religious Freedom Recovery Act. This act requires that ‘sincerely held religious beliefs (can not be overridden) except in those rare cases where the challenged state action is the least restrictive means of accomplishing a compelling state interest.’
The final ruling was carved out to only exclude abortion which does not have ‘a compelling state interest’ involved. It does not exclude contraception for which there would be a compelling state interest. The same applies to issues such as transfusions and vaccinations which are specifically excluded by the boys with their scotch and cigars.
Now how did the boys deal with the problem that Hobby Lobby and the two other plaintiffs are small companies?
They just found that a for profit business is a ‘person’ covered by the Religious Recovery Act. It can be excluded from ACA if it is closely held so that the five or fewer owners could be religious and control 51% of the company.
The word ‘person’ in this instance is not derived from Citizen United it is derived from the dictionary at the beginning of all congressional codes. The particular 1993 dictionary definition of ‘person’ includes any conglomeration of human beings from partnerships to clubs to unions etc. The definition was established in 1951 by a Democratic Congress and signed by Harry Truman.
Poor Justice Roberts. The Lefty Fundamentalists have gone hysterical, lied mercilessly and exaggerated about everything included in this decision. Even Hillary is not bright enough nor competent enough to read the actual ruling. She is lazy and forced to lie and exaggerate.