It’s scary to know people, even Senators who obviously aren’t expected to know better, think like this. Here’s Chuck Schumer about the Hobby Lobby decision:
“When we wrote RFRA back in 1993 we did so to protect individuals with strong religious beliefs and give them the presumption they have always enjoyed. That they should be able to exercise their religious beliefs without interference from the government”, Schumer said.
“The court took that and applied it – misapplied it – to for-profit companies who exist for the purpose of benefitting from the open market, working in the marketplace under our laws.”
“We wouldn’t tell the owners of Hobby Lobby to convert to a different religion or disobey their religion – but we don’t say that they have to open up a company and go sell toys or hobby kits.”
So basically, you can earn money on your own or you can have religious freedom, but you can’t have both. That, quite frankly, is unbelievable.
Aside: I’ve heard some leftists argue, “No, but if you want to form a corporation to do business, then you can’t have religious freedom.” That so stupid, and the logical disconnect so jarring, that I feel stupid for even addressing it, but here goes: For $60 and a few hours of effort, you can form a Michigan corporation. If you want to save money and hire me to do crank out the naked paperwork (without advice), it’d be less than $400 (less than $300 if it’s a limited liability company). The corporation or LLC is just a vehicle for doing business (specifically, a way to limit your personal liability to creditors), and it has nothing to do with whether you should forego religious freedom. You might as well say, “Oh, you opened your store on Maple Street instead of Elm Street? Then you have to forego religious freedom.” Again, the disconnect is baffling.Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList