On March 25, MRCTV's Dan Joseph braved the snow to ask Obamacare supporters how they feel about the Hobby Lobby case being argued in front of the Supreme Court. This case dealing with religious freedom and First Amendment rights brought both sides outside the steps of the Supreme Court - and MRCTV got some very interesting remarks from protestors who support the government mandate.
So, does the government have the right to compel businesses to buy health care plans that pay for abortion-causing drugs and contraception if it violates their religious beliefs? That's the argument in the Hobby Lobby case. The pro-Obamacare protestors think so.
Joseph asked one protester: "Which First Amendment right is it you feel would be violated by not getting birth control?" She responded by saying, "My right to make decisions about what's right for me." Wait, isn't that what Hobby Lobby is also arguing?
Also, the theme of "corporations are not people" seemed to pervade the crowd, even though the Supreme Court ruled that corporations do have First Amendments rights back in 2010.
So, by that logic, if a business with pro-choice leanings posted a NARAL - or Planned Parenthood - sign on their windows, the government could theoretically demand that they take it down. But, in that instance, the protesters changed their views.
Joseph also asked what the difference is between what Hobby Lobby is arguing and the conscientious objector clause with the Selective Service, which all American men males need to register for when they turn eighteen. Let's say more than a few got tripped up on that point. Although, one protestor dressed in a burqa provided colorful commentary, saying the government wants women dead.
Editor's Insight: When a Marist poll conducted in January asked if freedom of religion should be protected even if it goes against government laws, 74% of Millennials, 71% of Gen-Xers, and 70% of baby boomers said, "Yes."