For some strange reason, every time I see the name the Little Sisters of the Poor my mind wanders to the famous episode of All in the Family episode about Archie losing his law suit because the other side had witnesses, a station wagon full of nuns (see above video).
On Friday the entire Supreme Court issued an order granting the Little Sisters temporary relief from the Helin the
form of a Supreme Court order that will protect them from the Health and Human Services (HHS)
mandate to provide healthcare plans that cover birth control, while their case is considered by the Tenth Circuit
Court of Appeals in Denver. So far courts have issued similar
orders in 18 out of 19 decided cases brought by religious non-profits. The
Court said that all the Little Sisters have to do is tell HHS (in
writing) they are a religious non-profit with religious objections
to the mandate.
I would suggest however, that in the end even if the court rules in favor the Little Sisters, or in favor of Hobby Lobby
a company whose corporate mission has always been based on its faith, they will not address the real question of the
case because any ruling will not be broad enough.
The real question is what happens to companies whose corporate mission
does not include faith, but things like abortion and birth control goes
against the religious beliefs of the senior management?
What about the guy who owns three Pizza joints and wants to offer
healthcare to his people–if his religious beliefs preclude paying for
abortion or birth control should he have to pay for insurance which
covers those practices?
The real difference is they way this government looks at religion, which
is that faith only applies when one is inside their house of worship.
Religion teaches one how to act throughout their life. The most obvious
examples are the commandments against murder or theft. Those
commandments do not imply that one could kill someone and take their
wallet just as long as they were across the street from their house of
The distinction is subtler than that example. The entire purpose of
many religions is to teach people how to act toward others, the golden
rule for example. Once when asked to explain the entire Torah when
standing on one foot the Jewish sage, Rabbi Hillel, said “what is
hurtful to you do not do to your neighbor, all the rest is commentary.”
Religion is not only designed to teach us how to act in our home life
but our work life also. Judaism for example teaches us that employees
are not allowed to cheat their bosses by goofing off. It also teaches
that employers are not allowed to withhold salary from their workers.
How does that apply to Obamacare? While the progressives in government
and the proponents of Obamacare believe that religious objections to
abortion and birth control should only apply to Church organizations
they are missing the entire purpose of religion–that is to teach us to
act in a “Godly” way whether in a house of worship, at home, our place
of employment, or anywhere else we go.
Therefore any rule that forces any person who believes abortion or birth
control is wrong, to pay for insurance which covers them procedures, is
violating those people’s freedom of religion. no matter what their
corporate mission or status.
It may be true, as Mr. Rabinowitz says in the video above, in a court of law you cannot beat a station wagon full of nuns. It may also be true that in the Federal Courts one cannot beat the little Sisters of the Poor, but the First Amendment says that any person of faith should not have to purchase or authorize health insurance which goes against their religious beliefs.