The Freedom From Religion Foundation will run a full-page ad in the front news section of tomorrow’s New York Times to protest the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision:
DOGMA SHOULD NOT TRUMP OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
ALL-MALE, ALL-ROMAN CATHOLIC MAJORITY ON SUPREME COURT PUTS RELIGIOUS WRONGS OVER WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Are you dismayed and alarmed by the Supreme Court’s June 30 Hobby Lobby ruling? The Supreme Court’s ultra-conservative, Roman Catholic majority — Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas — has sided with zealous fundamentalists who equate contraception with abortion. The court has granted employers with “sincere” religious objections the right to deny women employees insurance coverage for birth control.
This ruling marks a turning point in the struggle to uphold civil liberties in the face of relentless attacks by the Religious Right. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people. Now, the Supreme Court asserts that corporations have “religious rights” that surpass those of women. In the words of Justice John Paul Stevens, “Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires” — but real women do.
Allowing employers to decide what kind of birth control an employee can use is not, as the Supreme Court ruled, an “exercise of religion.” It is an exercise of tyranny.
CONGRESS MUST REPEAL RFRA
EMPLOYERS SHOULD HAVE NO RIGHT TO IMPOSE THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS UPON WORKERS
The Hobby Lobby ruling is based not on the Constitution, but on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, misguidedly enacted by Congress in 1993. RFRA radically redefines “religious freedom,” according believers extreme religious liberty, exempting them from laws they claim create substantial burdens on their free exercise of religion…
No word yet on how much the ad costs. Though it’s probably at least in the mid-five-figures. (And it was probably paid for by an anonymous donor, though I haven’t confirmed that yet.)
It’s not the first time FFRF has run a full-page ad like this. They last did it in 2012 when they encouraged readers to quit the Catholic Church. In 2011, an ad wished readers “Reason’s Greetings,” prompting the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue to call them “parasites of Christmas.” In 2010, a full-page ad called the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. And in 2008, FFRF urged readers to imagine a world without religion.