Rev. Anthony Makar’s Letter Concerning Healthcare Court Decision

This is Reverend Anthony Makar’s letter to the editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution concerning the recent Supreme Court decision on healthcare coverage:

This past Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that for-profit businesses can opt out of laws that are incompatible with the religious beliefs of the owners. The specific case the Justices tried had to do with the owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-crafts stores, who resisted providing insurance coverage for birth control and emergency contraception because they passionately believe that life begins at inception.

Now they don’t have to.

It is a dark day for America.

This ruling—by the five conservative male Justices of the court—not only targets women, but it also appears to elevate the concerns of fundamentalist Christianity above those of other religious perspectives. All this is implied by Justice Samuel Alito’s message that the ruling is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. The exemption would not extend to blood transfusions, antidepressants, medications derived from pigs, vaccinations and other treatments that differently-Christian or non-Christian faiths might object to.

I heartily agree with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she says, “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

Fair-minded Americans who value women and separation of church and state should not only boycott Hobby Lobby but also the Supreme Court.

Rev. Anthony Makar
Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta