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The Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Is A Trojan Horse

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 13:58 EDT
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You have to hand to right wing pundits. They kick ass at the bait-and-switch, particularly with their own people. They knew that throwing a major fit over the contraception mandate, no matter how much it’s dressed up in “religious freedom” as an excuse, would be understood by their followers as an attack on stupid sluts looking for a handout who just need to keep their legs closed. And that their people would not think one whit further about the implications of allowing your employer to tailor your compensation for your labor to his religious beliefs. But the Hobby Lobby case that’s going in front of the Supreme Court will not be argued on the grounds of whether or not stupid sluts need to keep their legs closed. It’s going to be argued on the grounds that a business can have a “religion”—which can contain any beliefs they want—and that they have wide berth to use that “religion” to discriminate against their employees. Maybe it will be limited to compensation, or maybe it will be bigger than that. After all, if they’re allowed to withhold benefits because they disapprove of your private life, then what else will they be able to do? Refuse to hire women at all?

Even if the court makes a narrow decision, limiting your boss’s power to saying “religion!” and being able to withhold benefits you’ve earned because of it, that’s a catastrophe. Jill Filipovic kicked it off on Twitter and I added a few.

They used sex paranoia and misogyny to create a chance for the Supreme Court to give your boss an unbelievable amount of power over your private life and health care choices. Make no mistake about that.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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