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  •  Beards and moustaches . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, milkbone, Armando

    Even as a civilian contractor to the US Army I was subject to a no facial hair requirement. It is not possible to produce a proper sealing effect with a gas mask that sits on whiskers. A moustache, for civilians, was acceptable if the ends did not extend beyond the corners of the mouth--where the lips converge.

    We're all just working for Pharoah.

    by whl on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:28:21 AM PDT

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    •  Not bad questions (0+ / 0-)
      Questions for the Hobby Lobby case:

      * Jehovah's Witnesses think it is sinful to receive a blood transfusion. If a large company is run by Jehovah's Witnesses, can their employee health plan refuse to pay for transfusions?

      * Every once in awhile the news reports some child has died because his or her parents believe in using only prayer to heal diseases. These parents generally face criminal charges--they are not protected by the First Amendment. If people with this religious belief run a large company, can its employee health plan cover only prayer?

      * Is the Hobby Lobby situation different from those two examples? How?

      Presumably, the government is more likely to have a compelling interest in keeping people alive than in providing them with contraceptives.

      That said, if the law mandating insurance makes exceptions for large numbers of people (ie. everyone working for a company with less than 50 employees) then the government is going to have a hard time convincing a judge that it has a compelling interest since, if it did, it would not have made exceptions for small businesses.

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