Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hobby Lobby decision used as basis for Fundamentalist Mormon refusing to testify in child labor abuse case

So remember that "limited" Hobby Lobby ruling? Remember when Justice Ginsburg called it "a decision of startling breadth"? Turns out, boy was she right. A federal judge ruled, based on the Hobby Lobby decision, that a fundamentalist Mormon, a follower of convicted sex offender Warren Jeffs, was justified in refusing to testify about FLDS child labor abuses. Among other mortifying contentions, Judge David Sam ruled:

“It is not for the Court to “inquir[e] into the theological merit of the belief in question,” Sam wrote, citing the Hobby Lobby decision. “The determination of what is a ‘religious’ belief or practice is more often than not a difficult and delicate task …. However, the resolution of that question is not to turn upon a judicial perception of the particular belief or practice in question; religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection.”
My full article on FriendlyAtheist has much more detail. Suffice it to say, the Supreme Court seems to have unleashed a monster of epic proportions in their efforts to appease the vocal misogynists in our nation.

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