Monday, August 4, 2014

Satanic Temple's Legal Jiu Jitsu

 Turns out that Satanists have religious liberties, too!  We knew after the Hobby Lobby decision that this wouldn't be far behind. This is why the recognition of religious liberties for corporations is a bad idea...  (source)

As I understand it, the Satanic Temple is doing some legal jiu jitsu here; they are identifying a current policy they dislike (states with mandatory informed consent laws that prevent a woman from obtaining an abortion without jumping through state-mandated hoops intended to dissuade them from the procedure) and using the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision to claim their religious liberties are violated by informed consent laws.

I believe informed consent laws are made in bad faith and violate the doctor-patient relationship. I do not believe this is the most effective way to repeal those laws, however I do see value - politically and rhetorically - to both highlight the wrongful SCOTUS decision in Hobby Lobby as well as challenge the legitimacy of informed consent laws. So kudos to another church that I won't join because they'd have me as a member.


Friday, August 1, 2014


The NSA breaks the law every day  /  it doesn't matter who you are or what you say  /  they monitor your phone calls and emails anyway  /  Corrupt Congress and courts paving the way.