GOP congressman: Hobby Lobby case is proof liberals want ‘Stone Age tribalism’
The Hobby Lobby case is proof that liberals adhere a caveman ideology, according to Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week, the Texas congressman released a statement claiming that liberals who wanted businesses to provide contraception coverage for their employees were trying to drag the nation back to the Stone Age.
“I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding the fundamental freedoms our Founding Fathers sought to protect and secure in our nation’s founding documents,” Stockman said in a statement.
In their ruling, the Supreme Court held that the government could not require closely held corporations with religious owners to provide health insurance plans that included birth control.
“The First Amendment forbids government from adopting laws that force citizens to betray their conscience,” Stockman said. “The First Amendment also guarantees individuals the right to freely associate without losing their rights. You cannot force people to buy you something that violates their beliefs, in this case birth control, simply because you want it.
“A corporation is just like a church or a labor union. It is a group of individuals associated for a common purpose. Government cannot discriminate based on the identity of the speaker or nature of the association.
“Civilization is a society in which the rights of the individual trump the whims of the majority,” Stockman added. “This ruling is a reminder liberals seek to drag us back to Stone Age tribalism in which one can be subjugated to the tribe as a whole.”
Stockman gained national attention early in his congressional career by comparing Barack Obama to Saddam Hussein and threatening to impeach the president for violating the Second Amendment — a threat that never materialized. He also invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to Obama’s State of the Union address in 2013.