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Begich, Young split over Hobby Lobby decision

Posted: June 30, 2014 - 10:21pm

JUNEAU (AP) — Sen. Mark Begich says he disagrees with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that found that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The Democrat says bosses “should not be able to prevent access to family planning and birth control for Alaska women.” He called the decision out-of-touch.

A divided court on Monday found forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception they object to violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Republican Rep. Don Young praised the decision as a win for religious freedom.

A spokesman for the third member of Alaska’s congressional delegation, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was in rural Alaska and unavailable for comment.

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jford 07/01/14 - 12:37 am
A win for religious freedom. Freedom?

The Supreme Court is ruling under the misconceived notion that quote unquote 'Christianity' is the nation's default official religion and that it should be protected by law in ways other religions are not.

How about a corporation run by another faith uses this ruling to impose their religious beliefs on their employees and the public?

According to this indefensible Supreme Court ruling, other religions can now use this ill-conceived ruling to do just that.

Worried about Sharia law? Expect it to be protected by the current Supreme Court ruling which codifies that 'religion' is yet one more link in the chain of this court's trumped up conception of 'corporate personhood'.

I, as a religious corporation, have a deep religious objection to:
... paying my women employees as much as I pay the men,
…vaccinations, no vaccine for any of my employees.
…any kind of 'others', none of them in my business.

Young shows what a hapless buffoon he is by endorsing this nonsense as a win for religious freedom, …when in fact, it is the very antithesis of religious freedom. It's religious based law, it's a biased law meant to prop up one religion but the backfire is going to be the imposition of religion into even more facets of everyday life.

Even in the dissent, some justices saw that there will be unintended consequences going forward. Just like most conservative rulings and legislation, the actual consequences are not likely to have been considered, …until it's much too late to avoid the unwarranted and unconscionable consequences.

Our founders knew there should be a separation of church and state, state sponsored religion leads to oppression of those of other religious beliefs, and the state sanctioned imposition of one religion on everyone regardless of conflicting religious tenets.

The Roberts Court is no better than the Taliban for it's belief that they can impose this religious 'law' on the nation.

Again, it's so typical of everyday conservative hypocrisy.

It's not religious freedom, it's the opposite of freedom.

And that, that utter disconnect from reality, is another typical conservative habit.

It will take decades to undo the damage done by the Roberts Court.

And speaking of hypocrisy, Hobby Lobby's 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions.

So, it's against Hobby Lobby corporate religious beliefs, unless, ...of course, they can profit from the same.

Begich took the right stand, this state sanctioned religious oppression is untenable.

leewaytooo 07/01/14 - 03:53 am
it (the decision) will only

it (the decision) will only create a greater divide

within America, sanctioned by the court.

[filtered word] sure know how to screw up a good thing...

they never look any further than the end of their noses,

and those noses are only growing longer and .........well,

you get it.

[filtered word] the party of lies, liars and hypocrites.

KenaiKardinal88 07/01/14 - 03:14 pm
Begich Still A Liberal - Same As Obama

When the Dems controlled the House and Senate, they rammed through Obamacare and we will suffer for generations because of it.

However, Begich also want employers to pay for birth control.

I do not want to pay for choices you make about your lifestyle.

Begich is wrong and should be voted out of office to limit the damage he and Obama are doing to the USA.

Raoulduke 07/01/14 - 06:11 pm

KK-88-We have been paying dearly.Since! The LIES to get us in an ILLEGAL war in Iraq in 2003. I would bet .You were all in for that one.Because it was lead down the road to further our FASCIST state by the REPUBLICANS.When one is handed a bag of crap so huge,and expected to clean up the mess of someone else in a short span of time.You can not sweep it under the rug.One has to clean up the best as possible.Unfortunately! The mess left behind by REPUBLICANS is so huge it never will get clean.I suppose this is also O.K. with you because a REPUBLICAN left the mess. I also believe.You wouldn't know a LIBERAL if it bit you on your posterior perpendicular.

leewaytooo 07/02/14 - 03:49 am
no birth control leads to

no birth control leads to more unwanted

pregnancies/abortions and

more mothers and children receiving money from

the government/YOU, in order to survive.

so which is it [filtered word].............less government spending

or the continued religious inquisition on the right of women to


Suss 07/02/14 - 12:32 pm
Hobby Lobby sells Hangers

This backwards religious based SCOTUS decision will cost the Far Right on Election Day.

Corporations are not people.

You can believe anything you want. Don't force it on me.

A corporation should not impose their owner's religious belief on employees or the public.

What is next, terminating employees for using contraceptives?

The misogynistic members of the GOP have got to be retired.

Requested Exemptions from hiring certain individuals because of faith based intolerance and bigotry are now on the table, thanks to this decision.

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