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Hobby Lobby case still stirs intense dissension

“Keep your theology off my biology.” — a sign a protestor held in Jefferson City Saturday that remarked on last week’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

About 10 protestors held signs outside the capital city's Hobby Lobby store in a move that showed that the the controversial ruling still has people upset. The anti-abortion crowd continues to view the ruling as a big win. (thanks to

“The people on the bottom have nothing left over. Increasing sales tax for them may mean they miss something essential.” — Jeanette Mott Oxford, director of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, who opposes the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for better highways in Missouri.

Oxford, a former state lawmaker, insists that poor folks will be hit the hardest if the tax passes. And, she points out, low-income Missourians drive on state highways the least. She said the poorest 20 percent of earners pay nearly 6 percent of their income in taxes while the top 1 percent pay about 1 percent.

“The Body of Christ is a powerful movement when it comes together.” — the Rev. Terry Fox, a prominent Southern Baptist minister in Wichita and a leader in getting voters to approve Kansas’ gay marriage ban in 2005. Fox is vowing to push again next year for new legal protections for those who oppose gay marriage.

Fox will advocate for laws that would protect same-sex marriage opponents in new ways, and that could include refusing goods or services to gay couples. A move like this would be put Kansas back in the national spotlight as gay marriage becomes more acceptable across much of the rest of the nation.

“The issue really becomes, ‘Do we need it or do we not need it?’” — Chris Jennings, a longtime health policy expert who helped the White House with the Affordable Care Act, on whether the employer mandate should be jettisoned.

The reality is that even some leading Democrats are saying the employer mandate should go. Politico reports that they’ve concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance may cause more problems than it solves.