Chuck Schumer Says Religion is No Longer a Freedom in America
Gary DeMar | July 11, 2014
A federal judge ruled that the Constitution trumps religion. “In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted,” U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville argued.
What a dangerous fool.
Not to be outdone, “‘At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or ‘you don’t have to form a corporation.’
“‘You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,’ Schumer said.”
Schumer claims that religious protection is only for an individual’s personal views. It does not apply to persons who own and operate a business. The business is not protected by the First Amendment.
Once a person opens a business, according to Schumer, the government has ultimate claim on that business. Once a business sells to the general public, that business loses certain constitutional rights.
The Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court has driven liberals insane.
“When we wrote RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] back in 1993 we did so to protect individuals with strong religious beliefs and give them the presumption they have always enjoyed; that they should be able to exercise their religious beliefs without interference from the government.
“The court took that and applied it – misapplied it – to for-profit companies who exist for the purpose of benefitting from the open market, working in the marketplace under our laws.”
Laws mean nothing to liberals if they can’t interpret them. They’ll vote for anything that will give them political cover because they know that the real power of a law is in its interpretation.
A business sells goods and/or services. People buy those goods and services. No one is forcing a business to sell anything, and no one is forcing people to buy anything. The transactions are voluntary.
Moreover, no one is forced to work at Hobby Lobby. If people don’t like the religious views of the owners of a company, they are free to start a competing business and offer any benefits they want.
What business is it of the government’s what benefits an employer offers to its employees? An employee can take them or leave them. No harm – no foul.
As has been repeated numerous times, no employee at Hobby Lobby is being denied anything because of the religious views of the owners of the company. If Schumer does not know this, then he has no business being a Senator. The least he should do is keep his mouth shut, because his comments are more than ignorant; they are fascist. You either comply with how we tell you how to spend your money (your religion be damned) or don’t start a business.
What is it about the First Amendment that people like Chuck Schumer does not understand? The first five words are very clear: “Congress shall make NO law. . .” About what? “Prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.
Religion aside, what right does the Federal Government have to force businesses to pay for baby-killing drugs? This is the bigger question, one that is ignored by the Left.
Will Christian business owners be forced to paint a cross on their stores like Jews were forced to wear a Star of David? Will we see signs with Verboten pasted on shop doors and windows of Christian businesses?