Religious…what?

…or, When your opinion piece starts off with one of the biggest straw men ever...

As President John F. Kennedy reminded us in Houston in 1960, “There was no religious test at the Alamo.”

There also shouldn’t be a religious test to work as a craft store clerk, cabinetry maker, cemetery groundskeeper or nursing home attendant — or to have access to basic health care like birth control and family planning services….

Lawyers for Hobby Lobby Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., two for-profit businesses, argued last week before the U.S. Supreme Court that the religious beliefs of a CEO, majority shareholder or any other employer matter more than the deeply held beliefs of the people upon whose hard work their businesses depend. The lawsuits, if successful, would subject all workers to their boss’ religious dictates, regardless of the workers’ beliefs.

Wait, what? No. The Supreme Court and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not in front of the Supreme Court demanding that their workers be outright prohibited from taking any kind of birth control. If that’s what they’re asking it’s a pretty safe bet they’d have been laughed out of court long before now. They are in front of the Supreme Court merely asking that they not have to pay for certain methods of birth control for which they feel paying violates their religious beliefs. As has been said so many times before, if you have the right to something that’s violated by your inability to pay for it, that by definition means that somebody else has the obligation to provide you with it. What about their rights?

But Kathy Miller of the hilariously misnamed Texas Freedom Network seems to think that there’s some sort of right to birth control that’s violated by a third party’s refusal to pay for it. By that logic all those people who can’t afford to buy a gun are being denied their Second Amendment right. But I’d bet good money that the Texas Freedom Network would not come to their defense.

And they shouldn’t, because the logic is just as faulty there — even if getting a new gun paid for by a third party every so often would be pretty nifty.

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