That was, in part, how former First Lady / U.S. Senator / Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that business owners with religious objections can refuse to pay for health insurance policies that cover contraception.
“I obviously disagree" Mrs. Clinton told the crowd at the "Aspen Ideas Festival" in Colorado on Monday June 30th. "I disagree with the reasoning as well as the conclusion."
Since that time, Democrat Senators Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) have joined forces with Seante Majority Leader Harry Reid (d-Nevada) in crafting legislation that would - once again - force business owners to pay for coverage of abortions and abortion-inducing medications, even if aborting children violates a business owner-s religious beliefs.
Clinton and her fellow liberals have framed the dialog over the Supreme Court's decision in very predictable ways: the decision was grounded in sexism; women will be left victimized without" healthcare as a result; and the decision makes no sense because "corporations are not people."
Republicans (in the rare moments when they have actually engaged in the discussion) have largely responded by citing Clinton, to Clinton. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law passed almost unanimously by Democrat majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, provided the legal foundation with which the Hobby Lobby corporation successfully argued that their owners shouldn't be forced to pay for things to which they religiously object.
It's certainly worthwhile to remind Mrs. Clinton (and her fellow Democrats) of her husband's work, and the fact that they are now trying to eliminate the religious freedom that was restored 21 years ago should be alarming to all Americans, and to people of all faiths.
But Americans who still love their liberty should also seek to reframe the discussion beyond Mrs. Clinton's allegations of sexism and victimization. It's difficult to imagine Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) or Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) articulating any salient points on the matter. Yet those of us who reside outside the hallowed halls of Congress can start right now to reject Clinton's logical fallacies and falsehoods on religious freedom, and force the discussion to move in a more truthful direction.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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