I am finally writing a post about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, and for most of you it will come as no surprise that 1) I am commenting on the decision, 2) I vehemently and fervently disagree and 3) continue to be amazed and disappointed by the level to which a group of mostly men can make decisions for me. However, I would like to highlight several prominent aspects of the case that both scare and anger me the most.
Firstly, this decision by the Supreme Court saying that for-profit companies enjoy the rights and protections guaranteed under the Freedom of Religion and Restoration Act scares me because to me (in my non-legal mind), the ruling essentially equates corporations with people, and says that corporations enjoy the same rights as individuals in the United States. Corporations are not people. Corporations do not attend church, corporations do not buy food at the grocery and a corporation does not live next door. The PEOPLE who work at the corporation do all of these things.
A corporation cannot be Christian because a corporation does not have a relationship with God. People have relationships with God.
Secondly, this ruling provides yet another step down an incredibly dangerous path that the US has recently taken wherein the powerful forcibly impose their will on those without power and influence. Hobby Lobby might not be the biggest US corporation, but this “family owed business” certainly has more money than my family. Hobby Lobby should not have a right to impose its definition and construction of morality on me. But the Supreme Court just gave it permission and just said that the rights of the powerful beat my rights.
Overall, I cannot understand how we as a country continue to justify these actions. We claim to value individual rights, but cannot give women the right to healthcare access regardless of income. We give permission to corporations to pretend to be people but then do not hold that corporation to any other tenets of Christian belief (does Hobby Lobby give 10% of income to charity??). We profess religious freedom and then deny the minority true religious freedom.
I do not believe in a God who supports the rich and powerful nor do I think that this decision please God. I believe in a God who lives with the poor and desires a society that treats everyone with respect and deserving of access to resources, regardless of their gender, their religion, their skin color or income level.