In an impressive descent into the depths of utter imbecility, the hosts of The View have decided that Christian business owners are like the Taliban. Why? Many of them opt out of providing birth control coverage to their employees.
The Trump administration recently decided to remove a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that forces employers to provide birth control insurance to their workers. The arts & crafts store Hobby Lobby challenged the order in 2014. The Blaze reports:
The mandate was the subject of the 2014 landmark Supreme Court case Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which ruled that corporations like Hobby Lobby, a closely held for-profit company with strong Christian values, can be made exempt from certain regulations if there is another way to further a law’s interest.
When discussing President Trump’s decision to remove the mandate last Thursday, hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg compared Christian business owners to the Taliban. Joy Behar asked: “How is it different from the Taliban?” In response to Behar’s query, Goldberg said: “With all these rollbacks and what we hear, what’s the difference between us and the people we’re fighting?” In response to these astute observations, the audience erupted in applause.
It appears that Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg haven’t been paying attention to the news over the past fifteen years. If they had, they would know that the Taliban are the brutal oppressors of Afghan women. Women in Afghanistan are forced to live in some of the most deplorable conditions in the world. The Taliban denies them access to adequate health care. Women are not allowed to be educated and are routinely subject to stoning for “sexual misconduct” and other types of “misdeeds.” Access to birth control insurance is the least of their worries.
What is interesting about the hosts’ comments is that it ignores some important facts about the Trump administration’s proposal. Companies following religious principles are already exempt from providing coverage for particular contraceptives. Additionally, if an employer opts out of covering birth control, the government will step in and pay for it – so these women who are seemingly brutalized by oppressive Christian business owners will still get their contraceptives.
The comments made by the hosts of The View are more than ludicrous; they show an insensitivity to the plight of real victims of religiously-motivated oppression. Not only are they maliciously slandering Christian business owners by equating them with Islamofascists – they are demeaning the struggle Afghani women go through under the Taliban.
Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg should know better. Indeed, they likely know exactly who the Taliban is and how they treat women. Their decision to compare Christians to this type of regime is a contemptible use of hyperbole. If they had any sympathy for the horrible conditions in which Afghani women live, the hosts of The View would not make such inane comparisons.