facebook
twitter
search
search

Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby dissent turned into a song

The Internet loved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent of the Hobby Lobby ruling, so much so that one person even turned it into a song.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   July 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down, as expected, a ruling that sided with private corporation Hobby Lobby over the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

Less expected was that the dissent, penned by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, went viral -- at least as viral as a densely worded, 35-page court ruling can go.

Ginsburg, who is already something of a meme, delivered a measured but devastating takedown of some of the arguments that quickly spawned posts such as "The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision" and "A Treasury of Justice Ginsburg's Real Talk In Her Hobby Lobby Dissent."

Jonathan Mann, a singer who writes and performs one new song a day on his YouTube channel, has gifted the world with Ginsburg's prose, set to acoustic guitar.

Mann's video has already been watched more than 41,000 times in less than a day.

Below, the lyrics of Mann's song, all taken from Ginsburg's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby dissent, except where indicated by brackets (Ginsburg didn't call her fellow justices "slut-shaming geezers," unfortunately).

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.
[Full of slut-shaming geezers
And religious extremism.
Oh, one thing's clear:
This fight isn't over.
We've got to stand together
For what we know is right]

Any decision to use contraceptives...
[Is] not be propelled by the 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... blood transfusions...
Antidepressants ... [and] anesthesia...
Pills coated with gelatin and vaccinations?

The court, I fear
Has ventured into a minefield
[Full of slut-shaming geezers
And religious extremism.
Oh, one thing's clear:
This fight isn't over.
We've got to stand together
For what we know is right.]

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa targeted heavily in airstrikes
Two killed by police gunfire in 2 separate Central Texas shootings