Long Weekend Open Thread: “The Court I Fear”

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So … because this is the 2010s … someone set portions of Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Hobby Lobby case to music and posted a video of it:

Meanwhile, critics almost immediately pointed out that this was not a “limited” ruling at all — and within days self-professed religious businesses have tried to prove it when it comes to hiring homosexuals, with more of the same sure to come.  The LA Times has far more.  (That’s must read article.)


“A limited ruling”!  Are Justice Alito and his majority idiots or knaves?  Well — they aren’t idiots.

As the Times notes, this loophole is so broad that courts really will have to do what they have previously avoided (except in cases of prisoners rights): examine the sincerity of religious beliefs, without which Alito’s argument has no weight.  This will be unpleasant for everyone.

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that, or anything else you’d like, within broad bounds of decency and decorum.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)