Christian for-profit business owners must obey the same laws as everybody else. Will the discrimination ever stop?

In the wake of new legislation insisting that employers must provide healthcare to full-time employees, many business owners sought an exemption.  It wasn’t just that they believed they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else.  No, they thought they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else because their objections were religious.  Strange, no employer has ever tried to use this as a way to get out of the obligation to pay employees overtime.  Think of all the money a Christian business owner could save!

Anyway, a ruling just got handed down stating the obvious (which, sadly, must be fought for): it doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian, you still have to obey the law.

A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that a for-profit manufacturing corporation must cover birth control in its employee health plan despite the religious beliefs of the company’s owners.

The decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals represents a victory for the Obama administration in a series of ongoing fights over the contraception policy, which critics see as a violation of religious freedom.

Queue cries of discrimination.  Business owners shouldn’t have to spend money on things that are opposed to their religious beliefs.  Yes, they should.  If a Jehovah’s Witness business owner doesn’t want to provide health coverage that has to do with blood transfusions, too fucking bad.  If a Christian Scientist (*shudders at the dishonesty of that title*) business owner doesn’t want to provide any healthcare because their faith doesn’t believe in going to doctors, too fucking bad.  If your beliefs run contra to established reality, you don’t get exemptions from laws based upon reality.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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