U.S. Justice Richard G. Kopf, a Federal judge in Nebraska, singled out the five justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby, calling their opinions in the ruling biased and encouraging the court to take on less political cases.
“In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members,” Kopf wrote in the entry posted Saturday. “To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse.”
Kopf goes on to say that the court has been doing more harm that good in recent years, and that the justices should avoid politically-charged case. “As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.”
Taking the advice from a lawyer he holds in high regard, Kopf told his blog readers that he plans to curtail his musings.
Personally, I agree with his “STFU” mindset, though profanity on a public blog may be beneath the level of Federal Judge.
Clearly, the justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, along with a great many people, do not know the difference between contraception and abortion. Aside from that, the Supreme Court ignored the nature of a “corporation.” Corporations are not people. Their ruling in the Hobby Lobby case sends a message that those in control of a corporation can impose their religious views on their employees simply by labeling their views as “religion.”
The SCOTUS has been doing more harm than good as of late. Between invalidating a key part of the Voting Rights Act and ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, it’s become painfully obvious that their decisions are politically motivated and/or favor the rich and powerful.