November 27, 2013
This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the Obamacare challenge by corporations on religious grounds, the possible implications of skier Bode Miller's custody battle, and the popular feminist site Jezebel.

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.
 
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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."
Custody Battle
Skier Bode Miller's custody battle against his former lover could have far-reaching implications. We discuss them on this week's episode.
  • 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!"
 
Jezebel
We interviewed the founder of this popular feminist website, Anna Holmes.
  • 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.”
 
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