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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Wichita protesters respond to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling

In Wichita, as well as across the country, protesters have taken on Hobby Lobby since their victory handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The court ruled that Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for their employee’s birth control, because of their religious beliefs. People marched in front of the Hobby Lobby at Ridge and Central, here in Wichita.
“They (Supreme Court) really did overreach,” said Jessica Nellis, one of about 20 protesters present at 1:30 in the afternoon. She said she was surprised when the ruling was announced. The protest was scheduled from 9:00am to 8:00pm, this Saturday.
“The Supreme Court left it opened to interpretation,” Nellis continued. “What if these people were Muslims and they didn’t want to hire non-Muslims?”

Hobby Lobby will no longer have to pay for coverage of the two contraceptives (IUDs and Plan B) that they consider abortifacients, (reported by National Catholic Reporter).
The 5-4 ruling only applies to the federal mandate. State-mandated contraceptive coverage was not changed by the decision.
The court majority ruled that "persons" with religious beliefs protected by the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) include "closely-held" corporations -- those defined by the Internal Revenue Service as having 50 percent of their stock owned by five or fewer individuals. This means that if the federal government wants to force such corporations to do something contrary to their religious beliefs, then it has a series of legal hurdles to overcome.
Nellis, as with many people concerned about this action, plans to boycott Hobby Lobby.
“I used to shop here and now I don’t,” Nellis added. “It’s a shame. They have it wrong on IUDs (intrauterine device). If anything it gets rid of the need for an abortion to happen.”
This protest was organized by a few individuals using a Facebook page they created. Charli James was one of the protesters on hand who help organize the event. She said the turnout had been pretty good so far.
“We had one group of guys who showed up and got in our faces,” James said. “They didn’t think we were right. There were a few antagonists.”
She added that many other people who passed them had a positive attitude towards the protest.
“One guy showed up with a gun,” she added.
Someone took a picture of him and posted it on the Facebook page. James said he was vague as to where he stood on the issue.
“He said he was there to protect us,” she added.
That person wrote into Facebook and said his name was Sam McCrory. His presents at the rally and on Facebook sparked heated discussion. Otherwise the protest went peaceful the rest of the day.

Protesters stood on Ridge road by Hobby Lobby.

Gun Guy.


Anonymous said...

What? I was there and this is really painting the wrong picture. Yes, there was opposition, but this suggests that they weren't peaceful and that they didn't have a clear stand on the issue. I talked to the gun guy. He seemed pretty clear on what he believed and why. I'm pretty sure I was one of two people to talk to him. I didn't agree with him but we had tons of common ground. Basically, he believes that private property applies in this case and that it is a violation of those property rights to force someone to subsidize (partially pay for) anything they don't wish to. I disagree because corporations aren't people, but come on guys. Give him a break. He's not as bad as you've made him out to be.

Otto said...
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Otto said...

This article wasn't really about gun guy...He had little to do with this story at all. I really don't care what he had to say and I could have easily left him out all together.
This was about corporations getting special rights at their employee's expense. That was the jest of the article and Gun guy was a very minor foot note in it.
He is unimportant and I don’t care what he has to say.

Anonymous said...

No surprise, the Sam McCrory, according to his FB page, is a Libertardarian.

So he believes in corporate supremacy and everyone else can just fuck off.

Otto said...

I don’t mean to sound egotistical but the mainstream presses including all three TV stations, Fox (Faux) News and The Wichita Eagle ignore people as me who are on the left with the idea…(out of site- out of mind) and “we find those ideas so repugnant we refuse to give them any airtime.” (I actually heard this from an Eagle reporter.)
When I found out that Gun Guy was a libertarian I decided not to give his space. There are plenty of libertarian blogs and our governor Brownback has adopted libertarian ideas that have nose-dived my career as a teacher. I don’t hate Gun Guy, but it just seems foolish to give him a soap box to ideas that have hurt me so badly. It is simple common sense…don’t help those who throw you an anchor when you need a life boat.