Religious freedom claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act were already walking an irrational line. Now with the Supreme Court’s decision to side with Hobby Lobby, extreme claims are coming out of the woodwork.
The Supreme Court opened up a huge can of worms, so how can we fight against the progress now being erased? What do you think the long term consequences of Hobby Lobby will be, and what can we do to change it? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. The best suggestion will get a copy of An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins.
“To change the Hobby Lobby decision, we will need a supreme court ruling reversing the decision or a constitutional amendment that guarantees corporations are not people (wolf-pac & moveon.org are working on this) or an amendment protecting workers’ health rights from employer preferences. We could (and I believe should) pass an amendment setting term limits to Supreme Court Justices. The idea of impartiality is ludicrous and implausible and easily crushed when considering this ruling alone (if all federal judges were impartial, why is there always concern from opposing political parties when a president is nominating a justice). You have 5 male catholic men appointed by conservative presidents that ruled to restrict birth control for women. If they are impartial individuals that only decide on constitutional interpretations, there would be a lot more unanimous decisions and not as many divisions among party lines (the party that appointed them) on hot button topics….it would be robotic to a degree. We got rid of the monarchy for similar reasons we should get rid of supreme court justices serving for life (there’s a reason we change out presidents and congressmen/women). There needs to be a constant renewal (every 6 years say – every term and a half of presidency) of justices to ensure that those on the supreme court are an updated reflection of the changing culture of society (which would be reflected by the changing presidents who nominate the justices).”