-- by Jamie Raskin, PFAW Foundation Senior Fellow
"[C]orporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires."
-- Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting in Citizens Uni
Monica S Mcfeeters
onto AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
There are several big issues I have with this religious stand of Hobby Lobby.
First if some forms of birth control for employees of the store offend the companies religious beliefs than why does Hobby Lobby buy more than half of it's inventory from a nation that has a one child policy very firmly enforced and pushed. Achieving that without all sorts of birth control is nearly impossible and Hobby Lobby has never decided not to do business and make millions on the backs of this cheap massive labor source. Also exactly which religion is it on the membership list of? I can understand dual citizenship, but dual personhood is really over the top. Personhood is claimed for each owner and employee already so exactly who is it and how is it that the owners or a collection of owners get to be counted and treated as yet another person in the form of a corporation and granted rights as both an individual person and given a business personhood in addition to that?
Second, when a company offers benefits to employees it is the form of a compensation package or delayed compensation such as retirement or investments and is thus these are employee's funds, not the employer's as they would like everyone to think and employers all too often seem to forget. This being so then these companies are then forcing their beliefs onto employees in an attempt to withhold due payment in the form of group insurance compensation, which is designed to lower cost of medical payments for a bargaining group of employees. The group to bargain with would not exist for that company without that group of employees compensation of insurance funds. Employees would often leave a company for one that provides better insurance or demand higher wages to afford and obtain insurance.