Kamala Harris states:– then the attorney general of California.
She believed Hobby Lobby should be forced to cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
Her argument: When people start for-profit corporations, they must leave their “personal” religious beliefs behind.
In her amicus, Harris suggested that the free exercise of religion is a right created by manmade statutes — not God — and is a “personal” thing that should be kept in an “inner sanctum.”
“Rights to the free exercise of religious beliefs, whether created by statute or by the Constitution, likewise protect the development and expression of an ‘inner sanctum’ of personal religious faith,” she wrote. “Free-exercise rights have thus also been understood as personal, relating only to individual believers and to a limited class of associations comprising or representing them.”
“Unsurprisingly,” she continued, “there is no tradition of recognizing or accommodating the exercise of such inherently personal rights by ordinary, for-profit business corporations.”
It would be better, in her view, to keep the “free exercise of religion” within the boundaries of “religious institutions.”
The controversy the regulation caused should have been settled by simply looking at the First Amendment.
It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Clearly, a regulation that forces Christians to act against their faith violates the First Amendment.
Yet Congress had enacted a law in 1993 that expressly authorized the government to violate the free exercise of religion.
Hmmm,,,?? I wonder how she feels if a Muslim were not permitted to practice their deeply held religious beliefs at work?
Blatant discrimination she would cry- foul!