Kris Kristofferson at Austin City Limits in 2009:
- We’ll have posts from Diana (True Blood), Jeremy (Batman), and CompGeekDavid (Music) here and the usual features at Just Gene’O.
- We’re a go for a Feminist Friday discussion at Part Time Monster this week; we’re still working on the topic.
- I’m not sure about the Tolkien post for this week or the Follow Friday on the blog yet. I’ll explain briefly why I am not sure below.
WARNING: Politics after the jump.
We’ve been following the fallout from the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores decision for the last week. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely-held, for profit corporations may assert religious rights to avoid compliance with the federal mandate to provide insurance coverage for contraception for female employees. If this Atlantic article is to be believed, the victory has emboldened supporters of this move, and they are now pressing for more.
And here’s a Bloomberg Businessweek article from today that examines further developments and divisions on the court:
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 30 in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case that closely held, for-profit corporations may invoke religious liberty to avoid compliance with the contraception-coverage mandate in the president’s 2010 health-care reform law. Then on July 3, an unspecified majority of the high court temporarily exempted a Christian college from a modest paperwork obligation imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—an obligation that the conservative majority appeared to have endorsed just four days earlier in Hobby Lobby.
Confused? No wonder. Herewith, four blunt points to clarify—at least to the degree that clarification is possible.
We’ve learned not to drop our scheduled posting and get sucked into writing reactive pieces when things like this happen. That’s why you didn’t see an angry post here when the ruling was handed down. That said, this issue appears to snowballing. We need to say something about it. If we don’t do it soon, there are going to be too many developments for us to cover without spending a whole week of posts catching up on it.
So, as much as I want to be reading The Two Towers for the next couple of days, I can’t. Reading the Supreme Court opinions has to take precedence until we get a handle on this. I don’t know if I’ll have a post on this issue ready to go this week, but I will have one just as soon as I can get a grip on the situation and put something together.