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By The Reverend Published: December 29, 2012

Remember when Sandra Fluke was made into a national figure by the America-hating, Rush-Off-At-The-Mouth Limbaugh? Good times. For three straight days, the conservative godfather of victimization vented his nastiness by calling the young woman whom he did not know every vulgar name the FCC would allow.

Limbaugh most likely thought that he was reinforcing the spines of many of his misogynist listeners oh-so-disappointed over losing the battle over Obamacare. Whatever the case might have been for the round mound of disinformation.....Mr. Limbaugh, without doubt, helped Democrats hold the White House and make gains in Congress. Thanks ElRushbo.

In October I blogged about the mandatory, no co-pay contraception provision within Obamacare.......and the ruling by Missouri Judge Carol Jackson rejecting a complaint by a non-religious employer who opposed the contraception mandate on the grounds of religious conscience.

On December 20th, the owners of the Hobby Lobby stores lost their bid to exempt  employees from having access to no co-pay contraception as mandated in Obamacare....on the premise that the employer's conscience was being violated.

The judge in the case pointed out that Hobby Lobby was not a religious organization but rather an ordinary, for profit, retail sales business. Hobby Lobby immediately "vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Now that appeal has also been turned down by SCOTUS.

Hobby Lobby's response to the SCOTUS rejection? Let's just say, the Green family owners aren't taking it well.....

With Wednesday’s rejection of an emergency stay of that federal health care law by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Tuesday.

“They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

As for the potential fines, Duncan said, “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it.” http://newsok.com/article/3741128

David Green, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, hinted that the company wouldn’t comply with the law.

Defying federal court orders doesn't usually work out well for those doing the defying. I had a lawyer once tell me that you can't really go before a federal judge and tell him "f***k you". I recall from my youth watching Federal Marshals "assist" southern states in complying with national desegregation laws. Perhaps Hobby Lobby owners will get the same opportunity.

I don't know why some outspoken Christian folks think that they have the right to make those in their employ live and behave the way THEY want them to. Wait, what?......sure I do. Fundamentalist Christians, without a whit of evidence, mind ya', continue to believe that if Americans exercise their constitutional right of privacy in their sexual lives....that god will eventually punish the nation for it's "sinfulness.". Think Westboro Baptist and the "god hates fags" brand of Christianity.

The power of Christianity, if I remember correctly.....and I do...., was supposed to be found in the love of god, not human coercion. But throughout history, more often than not, Christianity has found itself using coercion to compel "obedience."

There is no "debate" over the contraception mandate in Obamacare. That has always been my position and that is the opinion of federal judges as well. No employers in the private sector have the legal right to force their employees to obey their employer's religious beliefs.

Hobby Lobby owners just learned that lesson the hard way.

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