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  •  This is going to be an ongoing debate (10+ / 0-)

    for sometime to come. This legal argument by the religious right is not just being used in term of LGBT rights but also women's issues with reproductive health care. It is basically an attempt to use the constitution as a last redout to defend the traditional privileges embodied in the conservative religious patriarchy.

    The Hobby Lobby decision makes it pretty clear that it can find a sympathetic hearing at SCOTUS.

    •  Very true (9+ / 0-)

      I'm planning to monitor any new attempts to get a Hobby Lobby-type exemption on other issues (like the Missisissippi law). It will of course be interesting to see how this plays out, and yes, this is also all about the American Sharia.

      All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

      by Dave in Northridge on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 01:10:45 PM PDT

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    •  First Amendment to get around anti-establishment (0+ / 0-)

      They are arguing that their First Amendment rights for freedom of religion trumps anyone else's rights.   Its not new.  They have to re-write a lot of old law:  Scalia their opinions.   Gary North, a Calvinist, wrote about the strategy in The Failure of the American Baptist Culture.   (FYI, North's group also explains that the Bible contains no Right to Life and the whole thing is a ruse designed to create a theocracy.)

      Here is a real life example I found out Crisis Magazine, a Catholic magazine with real life professors writing in it

      1) A Catholic photographer refuses to photograph a gay marriage (A boycott!) based on his deeply held religious principals.

      2)  The local gay community outs the behavior and many boycott his store.

      3)   The retaliatory boycott is, according to the Catholics, a "Crisis" and a persecution for their religious beliefs.

      So a Catholic can say "FU" to a gay (or other non-Catholic I suppose) but you cannot say FU back.  I guess you should also hope they do not hit you.  

      “Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects.” ― Will Rogers

      by MugWumpBlues on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 11:53:24 PM PDT

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