Just the other day I posted about a column written for the Los Angeles Times by Michael Hiltzik: What next? Ruling that corporations can pray? Brace yourselves:
SCOTUS will get to decide if corporations can impose their own religious beliefs on their employees, AKA a giant conscience clause. What's left of separation of church and state could become a distant memory.
Michael Hiltzik's column in the Los Angeles Times rightly states, "The implications of granting corporations the right to free expression of religion are horrific."
Today Roll Call has just added to my jitters. Next stop, Supreme Court:
A federal appeals court has ruled the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion.
The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit adds to the debate about a provision that factored heavily in the 2012 presidential election and comes amid an effort by President Barack Obama to fill three open slots on the powerful D.C. Circuit with his own nominees. Senate Republicans are blocking those picks, which has Democrats considering whether to use the “nuclear option” to install Obama’s judges.
If there was ever a question about why judicial picks are important, and why elections matter, this should put that to rest.
By the way, the decision was 2-1 and was written by Janice Rogers Brown, an appointee of GW Bush.
I rest my case.