Some business owners say their religious beliefs should take priority over the Health Care Law. Ridiculous.
The main problem with this argument is that the US Constitution says they are wrong – the law can not allow special exceptions for particular religions.
If one business owner has the right to ignore Federal Law because of religious beliefs, then ANYONE can. Any religious beliefs would earn you an exception.
Business could refuse to serve certain people – that has already happened in a case in Tri-Cities, Washington. There a bakery refused to sell a wedding cake for a gay couple – even thought they had long been customers at the bakery. So religion allows them to discriminate against whom ever they want?
“Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but just as religious objections to desegregation were not an excuse for racial discrimination, private businesses cannot use religion as an excuse to deny basic health care to the women who work for them,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
A business owned by Scientologists could refuse to cover mental health care involving psychiatrists, or drugs. Christian Scientists could ignore almost all health care requirements. Some businesses could serve only white people.
Businesses have used this same argument to allow them to continue to discriminate against African Americans and many others. Where do we draw the line?
If you are a business in our society, there are rules. The rules do not say “Unless you don’t like it”. There is no religious exemption.
Now… with our activist right wing Supreme Court, it is hard to tell how they will rule. They have found ways to ignore precedence, and the actual words written in the Constitution… so it’s hard to say how this court would rule.
But it is clear that a ruling allowing this kind of discrimination would open the flood-gates to all sorts of crazy religious exception. It would be unworkable.