Gee, no one could have predicted that once the Supreme Court granted religious rights to corporations, the parade of bigots would line up behind the idea that it’s okay to discriminate because being nice to everyone makes the Baby Jesus cranky.
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action.
Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion.
“We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need,” the letter states.
I’ll save you the trouble, Mr. President: No, and piss off.
I’ll take it a step further. Any non-profit corporation — and that includes churches — that claims a religious exemption as an excuse for bigotry and discrimination should not only not get it, they should lose their tax-exempt status. Hate all the people you want and don’t hire whomever you don’t want to hire because they’re gay or atheist, but don’t expect the rest of us to pay for your shit.