Democrats exalt form over substance in attacking religious liberties of owners of closely held corporations.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is no exception. Speaking at a press conference Thursday, he made some remarks about the decision. Eric Scheiner of CNS News reported:
At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business.
“You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said.
At one point, Schumer had the audacity to say:
We wouldn’t tell the owners of Hobby Lobby to convert to a different religion or disobey their religion.
Isn’t this just form over substance? If Hobby Lobby were unincorporated, for example a sole proprietorship or partnership, would Schumer be okay with Hobby Lobby’s contraceptive policies? Doubtful.
What the Supreme Court did was exalt substance over form, and focus on the rights of individuals owning closely held companies in which the owners are relatively few and involved in the business.
What Democrats who drafted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act want to do is exalt form over substance.DONATE
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