On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney released a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case of Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company that does not want to cover health insurance services that violate its religious precepts under Obamacare. In an incredible reversal of logic, Carney stated, “As a general matter, our policy is designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor. The President believes that no one, including the government or for-profit corporations, should be able to dictate those decisions to women.”
Of course, it is not the company that dictates a woman’s decisions about contraception to her. It is her decision to work at a company, and the company’s decision about what to cover. Furthermore, it is the government that is deciding for religious businessowners what religious precepts they must violate, a blatant destruction of the First Amendment. Carney’s argument is tantamount to stating that because a company has not bought its employees new houses, it has restricted their ability to buy a new house.
But the Obamacare contraception mandate was never about freedom. It was always about pitting secularism against religion, and using the power of government to sponsor secularism.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.