The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Using Religion to Attack Women

Mar 31, 2014

Every year, the U.S. Supreme Court hears one case out of a hundred brought before it. So it is outrageous that the Court even agreed to hear arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, which justifies bosses imposing reactionary views on their employees.

In this case, the family owning the Hobby Lobby retail store says employers should have the “religious freedom” to impose their own personal religious “morals” on their employees. Since the Hobby Lobby owners’ religion says two forms of contraception are “abortion”–the IUD and the morning after pill–they seek to deny these healthcare choices to employees.

If the religious views of bosses can be forced on workers, the door is open for “religious liberty” arguments to excuse all sorts of discrimination and to take additional healthcare choices away from employees.

For example, some religions object to blood transfusions, stem cell therapy and mental health treatment. How long before an owner’s “right to religious freedom” blocks employees from these healthcare choices?

Court cases have already been filed by businesses claiming “religious liberty” allows them to discriminate against gay customers. Next, will women be banned from leadership positions if a boss’s religion demands female submissiveness?

No matter what the Supreme Court rules in this case, it is already outrageous to legitimize discrimination with a court hearing!