Capturing A Pawn… By Sacrificing Your Queen

I’m of two minds about the Hobby Lobby decision.

It’s always good when a branch of the federal government acknowledges (in effect) freedom of conscience and choice. On the other hand, the possibility of these types of endless specialty niche carve-outs from what is a clear mandate of the law, seems to just tie commercial interests even more closely to a begging-for-favors scheme with the Feds.

And even worse, this is *bad law* and these kinds of small wins may actually be counter-productive. They may take what was a clear overreach into private exchange and commercial transaction decisions of individuals and organizations, and transform it into a measured step towards more central control and planning of our lives by government overseers.

People react to clear overreach, but measured steps in the wrong direction becomes like the frog in pot. Just a little more heat… Just a little more heat… Just a little more heat…

I know the legal fight to overturn this whole shebang as an illegitimate use of government authority already lost once and forcefully, but people should be guarded in their celebration of these subsequent “victories”. They may simply modify the enforcement of the legislation in a way that camouflages what a true disaster it really is.

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