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Watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent Get Turned into a Protest Song

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(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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By Scott T. Sterling

Boy, that escalated quickly.

Soon after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued her dissent to the court’s controversial decision that closely held corporations are not required to pay for contraception if the company has religious objections, Jonathan Mann has turned Ginsburg’s words into a song.

The court’s ruling has generated a firestorm of debate from both sides, with social networks alight with arguments over it in regards to women’s reproductive rights and the role of religion in legal decisions.

Recorded as part of Mann’s ongoing “Song a Day” project, the singer-songwriter adds a warm acoustic guitar melody somewhat reminiscent of Weezer beneath passages from the dissent.

 

 

Read excerpts from Mann’s lyrical interpretation of Ginsburg’s dissenet (via The Atlantic) below.

“Religious organizations exist
To foster the interests
Of persons subscribing to the same religious faith
Not so of for-profit corporations
Workers who sustain the operations
Commonly are not drawn from one religious community

It bears note that the cost of an IUD
Is nearly equivalent
To a month’s full-time pay
For workers on the minimum wage

The court I fear
Has ventured into a minefield
Slut-shaming geezers
And religious extremism
One thing’s clear
This fight isn’t over
We gotta stand together
For what we know is right

Any decision to use contraceptives
Is not propelled by government
It’s the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by her doctor
Approving some religious claims
While deeming others unworthy
Could be perceived as favoring one religion over another

Would the exemption extend to blood transfusions
Antidepressants and anesthesia
Pills coated with gelatin and vaccinations?

The court I fear
Has ventured into a minefield
Slut-shaming geezers
And religious extremism
One thing’s clear
This fight isn’t over
We gotta stand together
For what we know is right”

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