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Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Deeply Held Beliefs"...or political opportunism and an "activist" Supreme Court?

"The idea to bring the case was not Hobby Lobby's, but the work of the conservative Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. This is critical, because reporters ought to note that Hobby Lobby, according to its own court filing, was providing employees with contraceptive coverage it apparently concluded violated its religious beliefs. As Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones  (3/21/14) pointed out, Hobby Lobby says it has a problem with "the emergency contraceptive pills Plan B and Ella and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which they (erroneously) believe are abortifacients." But, Mencimer noted:
Hobby Lobby admits in its complaint that until it considered filing the suit in 2012, its generous health insurance plan actually covered Plan B and Ella (though not IUDs). The burden of this coverage was apparently so insignificant that God, and Hobby Lobby executives, never noticed it until the mandate became a political issue.
Mencimer wrote that the case "is a mess of bad facts, political opportunism and questionable legal theories." Coverage should point this out–especially the opportunism of a corporation that is being portrayed as waging a serious battle on behalf of its deeply held religious convictions."

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/02-8