The Supreme Court’s two decisions yesterday, one permitting some businesses to operate just like they were flesh and blood, tongue-talking Bible-toters, the other damaging labor unions by making freeloading legal, should be seen as a fairly big return on the investments that business interests have made in the political system and the courts, especially in getting five conservative justices in place to make these kinds of decisions that ultimately diminish workers’ rights and favor the moneyed class. As Doug Kendall of the Constitutional Accountability Center noted, the Chamber of Commerce has had a very good year.
In any case, what I want to quickly focus on is that Hobby Lobby case. I don’t want to rehearse the legal arguments or the long-term effects the decision may have. Whether the ruling is read narrowly or broadly in the future, what it comes down to is this naked reality: the “sincerely held religious beliefs” that the Court says it is protecting are beliefs that assert that women who use emergency contraception or IUDs are murdering their children.
Yes. That’s what the owners of these businesses believe. These women are killing their kids, if they use certain methods of contraception that the owners, falsely (here and here), claim are abortifacients. And the owners want no part of it. Mind you, it is okay for these murdering women to keep their jobs at the owners’ businesses, so long as the killers pay for the murder weapons themselves.
Weird, no? Well, yes, but that’s what happens when religious conservatives own businesses and, well, own a majority on the highest court in the land.