Cutting through the rhetoric...

As already noted, the Hobby Lobby decision isn't particularly landmark. It is here, for now, but will likely dissolve within a short time-frame. During the interim, we will have our eyes and ears abused with twisted narratives used to induce panic and anger; certainly not careful thought or reflection. The weightier the issues, the more sinfully stupid people think about and talk about topics. It is not merely painful to our ears and eyes, it is tragic.

One such issue that sticks out is how so many articles and "news" outlets are focusing on the fact Hobby Lobby isn't a real person...

Only real people can have religious convictions. Hobby Lobby cannot be baptized or take communion. No, only real people can do these sorts of things.

Quite obviously this is true. But wouldn't that prove too much? One of the reasons this "legal fiction" is necessary is in order to enforce obligations. If Hobby Lobby is not a person, no obligations can be placed upon it. That means they could not be forced to provide compensation to employees let alone health insurance or abortifacients. That would also mean corporations would not have to do anything in an ethical way or comply with any law or regulation promoting the health and safety of employees and the general public. 

Of course, treating corporations as persons also adds protection to corporations. Personhood affords protections because it recognizes there are implicit, undeniable and inherent obligations that promote the life and good of other persons.

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Not to mention that a church isn't a physical person either. It's usually organized legally as a corporation--- just a nonprofit one. So if Hobby Lobby can't have religious convictions, neither can any church. But some churches do!

Corporate structure is an interesting thing. We learned in accounting class that a corporation is treated as a person for tax purposes, but when told that, the left just says that we need to change hundreds of years of tax law. A company owned by a single person could incorporate, and nobody would deny that that owner is a person. On the other hand, many large companies are not corporations. According to Wikipedia, Chrysler is an LLC, and another source said that Mrs. Fields is one too. So concentrating on the idea of a corporation not being a person is just a red herring.

I'll bring up a bigger issue in the form of a question: What does the contraceptive mandate and gay marriage have in common? Both have as their goal the separation of believers from their faith.

In the blogs that I frequent, some of the most heated opinions come from those who hate God. In response to things like "keep your religion out of my body," I often ask "why do you hate God? The answer often is "I don't hate an entity that doesn't exist."

I think you're right, Denver. It looks to me as if the Administration purposely wrote the regulations to stick it to Christians rather than to help women get free birth control. Otherwise it's hard to explain why they'd have pursued this through the courts at such great expense. They wanted to show their power--- but in the end it backfired. This time.

I had another brilliant thought today about Hobby Lobby not being a person. The left says Hobby Lobby is not a person, so this implies that if it were a person, they would have much better standing to have religious beliefs that should be respected. Doesn't this imply that real persons should have a right to not pay for abortifacient coverage? You would think so. But I think the real truth here is that even if Hobby Lobby was a person, as all people are, the left would still force them to pay for the coverage, as they already force individuals to do so. I think the issue of Hobby Lobby personhood is called a straw man argument.

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