Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Post-Hobby Lobby: Now religionists want protection to discriminate against gays in employment

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Jeff Toobin was right. Look for the Hobby Lobby ruling to be used as a wedge for broader discrimination in the name of religion. Here's a good example of what's to come, from Talking Points Memo:

The day after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.

Religious freedom, in the new dominionist era, means being able to discriminate against gay peope. Or why not Muslims. Or women doing jobs only suitable for men to perform in the eyes of the religionists making the claim?

The letter didn't mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns.

"The administration does have a decision to make whether they want to recalibrate their approach to some of these issues," he said.

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