Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hobby Sloppy

By now, you know that the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby regarding women’s health, thereby making women less human than the fetuses that grow inside them and corporations. A company can now refuse to fund certain forms of birth control that they deem abortifacients, based on the owners’ religious beliefs. Bonus: the decision further proves that John Lennon was right. Women are the niggers of the world.

Originally, I was going to talk about how hypocritical it is for Hobby Lobby to not fund birth control, yet still covers vasectomies and erectile dysfunction pills. Given that the founders are Christian folk from Oklahoma, I would gather their stance on sex “only procreation”. Vasectomies MAY be done for certain health reasons, but the majority of Cialis and Viagra are being used by old men who just want to have more sex, for enjoyment. Birth control is used for much more than birth control. Some women need the hormone balance that birth control provides, among other purposes. Ever heard of Endometriosis? It’s a debilitatingly painful condition that causes uterine scarring. I have a friend who has it, and were it not for her birth control, she would be in pain during every waking moment of her day. Viagra let’s old people have sex. They’re definitely not having sex for procreation. But I digress, as that is not why this all happened.

Originally, I was going to lament about the abortion misnomer regarding birth control. Yes, some deem IUDs as a form of abortion, but those people ARE NOT SCIENTISTS. I would not take automotive advice from a syphilitic cat seriously, so why would I take medical information from a person who is not a medical professional? It makes no sense that women’s health is so regulated in Congress and state legislatures based on so much false information. Men can pretty much do as they please, but a woman’s health, the element of her that makes her survive, is up for a vote by a majority of people who are not women and have little to no knowledge of female physiology.

Originally, I was going to rail about the precedent that is set by this decision. Alito claims that this only applies to Hobby Lobby and its religious objection to women being healthy and does not count for other forms of discrimination, but if that were the case, then the only racially desegregated schools in the 1950s would be in Topeka, and only for Mr. Brown’s children. The only place where one would have an unregulated interracial marriage would be in Virginia. You would think that a member of the Supreme Court would know how the Supreme Court works. How soon before a deli decides that it will not serve homosexuals, based on the owner’s “religious beliefs”? When do we see a Muslim man turned away from restaurant, and the proprietor will not have to veil his racism? When will someone who beats his wife and children use the defense that he was just doing his “biblical duty”? I wonder if Hobby Lobby will mind me shopping their store nude. My religion is Hedonist.

Originally, I was going to request that everyone get to work on a Ruth Bader Ginsburg action figure, because her 35-page dissent may have been the best rallying cry for anyone who cares about human rights. If you don’t have time to read the entire dissent, here are a few gems from her statement:
  • Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah's Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today's decision.
  • Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.
  • a decision of startling breadth, [it] would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find "incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.
My favorite:
  • The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.

Originally, I was going to bring up the coincidence that the Court decision came on the same day as the anniversary of the release of Do the Right Thing. Perhaps it is a sign. If anything, there will be a stronger mobilization for people to go to the polls in November, before women are not allowed to vote again. DO we need to get all women prosthetic penises to wear so that they will be taken seriously?Perhaps it is time for feminism get a new anthem: PE’s “Fight the Power”. Maybe it’s time to go to Hobby Lobby with polished up metal trash cans and scream, “RADIOOOO!!!” at the top of our lungs*.

These were going to be the points I brought up, until I found out that Hobby Lobby COVERED all forms of birth control UNTIL the Affordable Care Act went into effect. They didn’t object until an outside force urged them to sue. Women weren’t the target. Barack Obama was the target. Women were the casualties in a war against a President they just didn’t like. So what is worse, that this whole suit was just a veiled attack on the President and his perceived policies, or that no one seemed to care that private citizens would be hurt in the process, or both?

The United States is in a state of moral decay, and it is not due to sexual freedom, or safer sex, or men kissing each other on national television. The US’s moral decay is being perpetrated by the citizens who are harping about the moral decay of America. Those who seek to hide behind the Bible to justify their hatred of acceptance of all are the ones who will destroy this country. They are the ones who claim that want freedom for all, but then aim to turn the political landscape more into a feudal system instead of a democratic republic. This court decision proves that no one is safe from the war for a Red, White, and Blue oligarchy, where sexism, racism, homophobia, and most importantly, classism rule. If citizens don’t make their voices heard, then we are all going down. Get out, and Fight the Power. Fight the powers that be.**

*DON’T throw cans into Hobby Lobby’s windows. Thanks to ANOTHER Supreme Court decision, you can stand in front of Hobby Lobby and just wave them menacingly. You don’t even have to be 35 feet away!

**That was really corny, but it was either that or “Vote or DIE, motherfuckers!”

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