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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 26 2014, @10:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the companies==people-er-does-not-compute dept.

gishzida writes:

"According to a Reuters report Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims, "The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. From the article:

During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes more than usual, a majority of the nine justices appeared ready to rule that certain for-profit entities have the same religious rights to object as individuals do. A ruling along those lines would likely only apply to closely held companies. As in most close cases of late, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote. Based on his questions, it was unclear whether the court would ultimately rule that the companies had a right to an exemption from the contraception provision of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The dozens of companies involved in the litigation do not all oppose every type of birth control. Some object only to emergency contraceptive methods, such as the so-called morning-after pill, which they view as akin to abortion.

The case marks the second time Obamacare has featured prominently before the Supreme Court. In 2012, the court upheld by a 5-4 vote the constitutionality of the act's core feature requiring people to get health insurance. Although the case has no bearing on the overall healthcare law, it features its own volatile mix of religious rights and reproductive rights. A capacity crowd filled the marble courtroom, while outside hundreds of demonstrators, most of them women, protested loudly in an early spring snowstorm.

We already know that the SCOTUS thinks corporations are citizens, do you think the SCOTUS should allow corporations to have religious beliefs too?"

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  • (Score: 1) by dioptase on Thursday March 27 2014, @01:18PM

    by dioptase (3290) on Thursday March 27 2014, @01:18PM (#22026)

    You're confusing China's government with the people living under the rules. It would be like refusing to do business with you because I object to the laws of the state you live in. A least you have a vote and have some measure of control over the laws of your state. People in China don't.

    On the other hand, many people in China prefer to have one child anyway. Refusing to do business with individuals you disagree with would be rational.

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:41PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:41PM (#22092)

    A least you have a vote and have some measure of control over the laws of your state.

    (have a vote) ^ (have some measure of control over the laws of your state) = False

    Call me cynical.

    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"