You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.
Posting a Diary Entry
Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as
is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.
When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.
If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.
ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.
One diary daily maximum.
Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries
that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
Is your God bigger than my God? For this author, even asking or answer the question is troublesome. The Hobby Lobby decision crossed into this territory. Now we know the answer. The rich guy's God is bigger. Any owner or a large company can constrict his employees rights so long as he says “deeply held religious principles.” The employees are bound whether they agree with their boss or not.
Not surprisingly, Alito’s decision, joined by four other male conservative Catholics, spends pages detailing the penalties imposed for ADA non-compliance. But it makes virtually no mention of the employees.
Anesha Khan, writing at the SCOTUS blog, wrote about Hobby Lobby this July 4th week and identified two elephants: the Catholic jurists imposing the Catholic religious beliefs about contraceptives on America and the gender implications, because the burden falls most on woman. (She was careful not to upset the elephant, for she did not use the word "Catholic.")
“Hobby Lobby," Ms. Khan writes, "threatens to deal a more decisive blow to the Court’s credibility than the typical five-four decision. I say that for two reasons. First, the decision was issued over the dissent of all of the Court’s female and Jewish Justices. Second, the decision comes on the heels of Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the Court approved a town board’s practice of opening its meetings with almost exclusively Christian prayers.
“In both cases, the majority paved the way for conservative Christians to override [the Church State separation rules, a popular majority, the interests of women, and those of religious minorities...] – and the line-up of the Justices reflected that same divide. .... At a minimum, they raise the question whether we are seeing the rise of a Court in which gender and religion are the elephants in the room.”