Dismayed by the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case earlier this summer, womenâ€™s health advocates took comfort in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgâ€™s dissent. Only four hours after her dissent was issued, songwriter Jonathan Mann turned her sharply worded decision into a song set to a guitar strum.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court allowed closely held for-profit corporations to be exempt from any law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive way to further the lawâ€™s interest. An interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the decision did not address whether these corporations are protected by the First Amendmentâ€™s free-exercise of religion clause.
Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent in the Supreme Court case: â€œThe distinction between a community made up of believers in the same religion and one embracing persons of diverse beliefs, clear as it is, constantly escapes the Courtâ€™s attention.â€
Although Mann could have taken a few months to reflect on the landmark Supreme Court case, his song, while goofy, emoted the intense energy surrounding the freshly made decision. The YouTube star had been writing a song a day for nearly 2,000 days.
With phrases like â€œslut-shaming geezers,â€ Mann certainly claimed some artistic license and infused his own spin to broaden the songâ€™s appeal to a wider audience.
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