I have not much to say about the absurd and disgusting and cruel Hobby Lobby decision that has not already been said, except perhaps "Samuel Alito is total fuckboogers," which is admittedly not constructive, but is a deeply felt, closely held religious subsidiary viewpoint of Whiskey Fire Global Industries Fuckyoucorp Ltd., and thus is legally privileged and indeed immune from all criticism.
What I find grimly amusing is the extent to which this decision resembles provincial Irish Catholic social teaching, and Irish Free State jurisprudence, such as it was, of the 1930s. I'm not remotely kidding. I'm immediately put in mind of the intensity of the late 1920s campaign in Ireland to ban not simply contraception, but any mention of contraception. (It was called "race suicide," and mentioning it in public was in fact made illegal.)
I could get into details if anyone wants (lots of them are hilarious), but what strikes me most about Ireland then and SCOTUS now is the febrile social hysteria lurking right behind the jihadery.
What I mean is that the Irish Catholic hierarchy in the 1920s & 30s was in what looked like a position of complete cultural dominance; over 90% of the population attended mass regularly. But on the charitable end they were spooked by the violence of 16-22, and on the blunter end were terrified about what would happen to their own dominance if their small island were to sail merrily off into the secular modern world & leave them stranded alone with their fear and empty plates and ghosts and weeping effigies.
They were terrified. It was all panic. So they clamped down. Hard.
It worked for a few decades. Then it didn't.
Twenty years ago I was a grad student looking up old Studies articles, The Leader oddities, and Catholic Bulletin crackpot lunacy.
I never imagined this sort of shite arguing was in my nation's future.
Be that as it may. I don't see the wingnuts enjoying anything like the strategic social advantages held by the Irish Hierarchy in the 20s and 30s; it's not like we haven't fought this fight before and won it. It's a drag that it has to be fought again, but you can't look at the life of someone like Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington -- one of my own goddamn heroes -- and bitch too much. (Wikipedia doesn't acknowledge nearly enough her disgust with the failure of the Irish state to acknowledge women's emancipation, but whatever.)
This ruling is shitbarf, and it harms real people, but it's also a call to arms. And it's stupid. Let's kill it. Let's go win elections.
MAS. Yes, I know who is a Catholic on the SC. That's the point, redsnouts.