Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Annals of Hypocrisy

Hobby Lobby, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case fighting the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare, is heavily invested in contraceptives.

The company’s 401(k) plan for employees had $73 million invested companies that make the emergency contraception pills, intrauterine devices and drugs used for abortions, according to documents filed with the Department of Labor in 2012 reviewed by Mother Jones.

The companies invested in by multiple mutual funds in Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Pfizer and Bayer. Some of the funds also invested in Aetna and Humana, insurance companies that provide plans covering contraception.

So they’re willing to put the First Amendment’s separation of church and state in jeopardy because Jesus, but when it comes to making money for the very employees they’re dictating religious practices to, they’re perfectly happy to invest in companies that make the things they say they’re against.

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  1. If the case succeeds, the veil between owner and corporation is gone. Thus, the legal protection of the owner(s) for things done by the company is gone. In other words, personal responsibility for corporate malfeasance.

    • It will only take a handful of legal cases here that result in personal bankruptcy for the execs of such businesses to see them start backpedaling, and get SCOTUS to at least reconsider Citizens United. But by then it may be too late.

      I’m actually surprised that nobody on the Hobby Lobby side has taken the plaintiffs aside and suggested to them that this course of action could, if logically extended, have significant financial consequences for them personally.

      OTOH, if Election is indicated by personal wealth (as wilfully-misinterpreted-PWE-spouting Fundies insist), and some Fundie Job Creators are beggared due to their bigotry and inhumanity being successfully challenged in court, then perhaps the message would be clearer to their followers/supporters. Nothing says “Fallen” like having all the proof of one’s Blessedness being confiscated as punishment for misdeeds.

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