Heritage Foundation Gives “I Am a Reactionary” Award to Hobby Lobby
See, this is why we call the US conservative movement “reactionary,” as the Heritage Foundation gives an award to the owners of Hobby Lobby, solely because they’re pushing a deceptive redefinition of “religious freedom” (as “freedom to discriminate against women and gays”) into the mainstream: Heritage’s Salvatori Prize Goes to Two Families Arguing Religious Freedom at Supreme Court.
NEW ORLEANS — Two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in defense of religious liberty against a controversial Obamacare mandate, The Heritage Foundation awarded its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship to the two families who brought the suits—the Greens and the Hahns.
The presentation was made during a luncheon at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel as part of the annual Resource Bank gathering hosted by Heritage.
As the Christian owners of two businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the families went to court to challenge Obamacare’s “HHS mandate,” the requirement that they provide certain abortion-inducing drugs and devices through employee health plans.
The dishonesty of these people is mind-boggling. What they’re calling “abortion-inducing drugs and devices” — the morning-after pill and the IUD — have absolutely no connection to abortion whatsoever, and they do not “induce abortions.”
It’s very frustrating to see people who should know better (i.e. the Supreme Court) treating this mendacious argument as if it were even open for debate. The truth is that the US religious right is now setting its sights not just on abortion, but on contraception as well, because these are contraceptive measures, pure and simple.
And it’s offensive that they’re using the language of “religious freedom” to try to justify and support a reactionary agenda that seeks to deny freedom of choice to women.