Submitted by Elaine Magliaro
I have been enjoying Last Week Tonight, John Oliver’s new comedy show, which airs on HBO on Sunday evenings. Last week, Oliver did a funny segment on the Hobby Lobby case prior to the Supreme Court’s issuing its ruling the following day. As Mike Spindell said of Oliver’s show “it occupies a niche of intelligence in the news that is sorely lacking in our country.” I also appreciate Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for humorously providing their perspectives on news and politics. For today’s post, I have the three above-mentioned comedians’ perspectives on the Hobby Lobby Case.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Hobby Lobby (HBO)
Back in March of this year, Jon Stewart did a segment on the Hobby Lobby case titled Jesus Christ Superstore in which he skewered the ignorance of the corporation regarding its incorrect belief that the four contraceptives it claims are abortifacients…aren’t actually abortifacients. After the Hobby Lobby ruling, Erika Eichelberger and Molly Redden of Mother Jones pointed out that the five justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby weren’t just overruling an Obamacare regulation, they were also overruling science.
From Mother Jones:
Alito and the four other conservative justices on the court were essentially overruling not just an Obamacare regulation, but science. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all four of the contraceptive methods Hobby Lobby objects to—Plan B, Ella, and two intrauterine devices—do not prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus, which the owners of Hobby Lobby consider abortion. Instead, these methods prevent fertilization.
So let me get this straight. Corporations aren’t just people, they’re ill-informed people. Whose factually incorrect beliefs must be upheld because they sincerely believe them anyway.
In Hobby Lobby Case, the Supreme Court Chooses Religion Over Science: Five justices ignore science in their ruling that companies are not required to provide contraception under Obamacare. (Mother Jones)