Our panel this week is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers, and The Gender Equality Project’s Megan Beyer.
Corporations and Religion
The Supreme Court will hear a challenge on religious grounds from for-profit corporations of the Obamcare contraception mandate.
- Del. Eleanor Norton on why companies do not have religious rights: "Corporations don't worship, they don't pray... they're there to make money"
- Linda Chavez: "The Supreme Court in the Citizens United case said that corporations have First Amendment rights... now we'll see if they meant it."
- Francesca Chambers: corporations should be allowed religious exemptions, and "If you don't like it, go work somewhere else"
- Megan Beyer: #CitizensUnited "was bad precedent" because "when you consider a corporation an individual, they have undue influence."
- Linda Chavez: "I don't understand how the courts could take away the right of a woman to move because she is pregnant."
- Megan Beyer: the ruling against the mother "flew in the face of common sense."
- Del. Eleanor Norton: The appeals court that ruled against Bode Miller saw that "he was really after the mother" to continue their "spite fight."
- Francesca Chambers: "[The father] didn’t want to be in this child’s life at all...before this child was born!"
- Megan Beyer: "I think [feminist millennials] are going to re-brand feminism.”
- Francesca Chambers: "I think that someone could start a better publication that pushes for women’s rights without doing it in an unclassy way."
- Linda Chavez: when feminism says, "'No' to people who [are] politically conservative, then it’s not going to be a very welcoming place.”
- Del. Eleanor Norton says Anna Holmes is “very serious about equality...she has made feminism trendy again.”