What the hell is a Hobby Lobby and why are they trying to dictate law above and beyond the channels allocated to this union through the United States Constitution? (Religious Nonsense & The Law—Issue: 4/2/14) I love these goobers. What the hell does religion have to do with anything? We can pick and choose stuff now? Great. I don’t have children and I do not want to pay school tax. Also, I am a pacifist therefore I shall no longer pay taxes that support the state-sanctioned violence this nation perpetuates around the globe. I am an excellent driver at high speeds therefore I do not recognize speed limits. This is fun. Let’s keep going.

Actually, I change my mind. Go Hobby Lobby. Let’s make all laws we don’t like obsolete.

 

—BNGA-Warrior

 

Ha! Love you, Campion. I’ve got a good one; if Hobby Lobby wants to be so literal about not supporting contraception by providing it to their employees based on the ACA, why do they pay them? Are they sure they are not using that money for ill-gotten gains, to sin, to buy condoms and booze and gamble? Did Jesus not say, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God?” And did he not say, “It is easier to put a camel through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?” Then why oh why does Hobby Lobby try and make money? Is that not against our savior’s wishes?

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we begin to literally translate our morals into a societal construct.

Let me throw out a wild guess, these asshole just don’t want to adhere to the ACA. Then why don’t they just say it? I know; because it was passed as a bill by the U.S. Congress, signed into law by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court. All avenues of our legal process have rendered it the law of the land and they are out of options, so BINGO! they use this “religious nonsense” (good one) to avoid cost to their evil profit business that would have had Jesus overturning their tables and shouting, “Heretics!” in their fat faces.

This is one of the most pathetic jokes going and your piece was brilliant and on the money calling these fascist moral-mongers on their scam.

 

—P. Swag

 

What the fuck is clouding your reason in such an obvious situation as Hobby Lobby’s defense against the ACA—the most egregious Liberty-raping legislation ever put forth by our soft-tyrannical federal government, second only to the Patriot Act? If you ignore everything else, the fact that Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of those Progressive motherfuckers chose the IRS—the IR fucking S for Christ’s sake, the most brutal LEGAL collection agency ever devised by man—to police the fucking law should tell all but the politically retarded who the real bad guys are! I mean for fuck’s sake, the ACA is tantamount to the government saying all poor children will be given toys for Christmas…but the toys will be delivered by pedophiles.

Maybe it’s an anti-organized religion thing for you. Your complete misreading of freedom of religion aside, to me organized religion is like Xanax for those afraid of their own spiritual shadows, yet that doesn’t distract me from seeing what an abject fraud the ACA is in how it was conceived, sold and implemented. Or maybe your problem is just that you have a hard time accepting your generational brother Obama is four times the douche Bush was. Either way man, focusing on Hobby Lobby in this situation is like beating up a guy in a wheelchair.

And how can you write about ignoring laws with a straight keyboard when Obama himself picks and chooses laws he wants enforced and those he doesn’t, as if being elected president was akin to dining at a constitutional buffet? If past presidents did the same thing, then they at least had the good taste to hide it from us—the political equivalent of a reach-around (hat tip Dennis Miller). Obama slaps his dick in our faces with it. I must have missed your scintillating columns on Obama ignoring immigration law DOMA (before the Supremes struck it down) or his endless rewriting of the ACA—the explicit purview of Congress like it or not—with these endless delays, whose only REAL purpose is to save his party’s political ass. But who cares about that shit when the Vacationer-In-Chief is running verbal rings around the hapless Repubs makes better copy. That it in a nutshell?

The country is going down the fucking toilet, and for good or ill this column of yours has some reach and sway. If we all come to our senses and pull the country back from the brink, 20 or 30 years from now the kidlettes of today will look back on this time and wonder how we let shit get so bad. In that future, if your kid asks if you used your column to help hold the real bad guys’ feet to the fire, will you feel good about saying, “No honey, I beat up on Hobby Lobby instead?”

 

—Ken Eustace

 

I’m sure you knew I’d like this one.

 

—V.C.

 

You wrote, “…but on the grounds that they can pick and choose what laws they want to obey is not realistic…”

Really?? Try telling that to Obama. Hmmm, what examples should I pick?

If our own president can pick and choose what laws to obey why can’t the rest of us, including a corporation?

Just sayin’.

 

—Elizabeth Vengen esq.

 

I’m never crazy about your relentless attacks on religion. As much as I think it pains me to agree with radicals like Hobby Lobby, who wish to make a mockery of our laws, they do not represent my views and when you jam us all in as loons, then it is as unfair as someone who paints all women one way or black another. I think it is discriminatory and I know that usually burns you up and I would like to see the same courtesy provided those of us who worship, but do not make a stand every five minutes using religious beliefs for economic or political gains. As you do I find it unseemly and embarrassing, but that does not justify your hammering religion at every turn.

I know you cite Mark Twain as a literary hero of yours and I must say I feel the same twinge when he obsesses on religion and faith in a similar way. I think it lessens his impact on dissent and yours as well. I will continue to read your work, but I find that aspect off-putting and mean-spirited. You are (maybe not) better than that.

 

—Valerie Settler

 

 

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James Campion is the Managing Editor of the Reality Check News & Information Desk and the author of “Deep Tank Jersey”, “Fear No Art”, “Trailing Jesus”, “Midnight for Cinderella” and “Y”.

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