My drawing is a contender for the Akron Art Prize

My pencil drawing, titled “The Horror,” will be on display at ARTWALLS from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4 as an entry in the Akron Art Prize. The winner of the Akron Art Prize will be determined by public voting at the venue, so come on down and cast your vote!

ARTWALLS is located at 43 Furnace St., Akron OH 44308. Gallery Hours are:
Thursday – Saturday            12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday                                    12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
(Note – Saturday, September 6 ARTWALLS opens at 5:00 p.m.)

The Horror
 The Horror

It took me three days to read the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby – not because it is a long decision, but because I became so enraged that I wanted to rip out my eyeballs. I could only tolerate a few pages a time.

I practiced corporate law for several years, and no decision in modern history horrifies me like Hobby Lobby. In essence, the majority ruled that closely held corporations are “people” entitled to religious freedom, and can therefore be exempt from legal requirements to provide contraceptive health insurance to their employees.

The legal fiction of “corporation” is being given rights that only human beings should have, to the detriment of women. Shareholders get constitutional protections when they act through their corporations, but shareholders don’t go to jail when their corporations break the law.

I’m horrified because this Supreme Court decision amplifies the rights of certain people: shareholders. It validates a particular religious belief: anti-contraception. It burdens women who work for Hobby Lobby with additional red tape in their health care so the owners of that corporation can rest easy knowing the corporate health insurance premiums will not be used for contraceptives. And it forces taxpayers to pay the difference.

Oh, and the courts now get to decide the sincerity of ANY corporate religious belief and weigh it against whatever law a corporation wants to dodge, because this ruling is not limited to contraceptives and the Affordable Care Act.

The horror.


3 thoughts on “My drawing is a contender for the Akron Art Prize

  1. I completely agree with you, but your drawing was never a contender. That sketch, no matter how relevant even four years later, does not come close to representing anything remotely worthy of winning a fine art competition. Your politics are just fine, but your sketch is not art.

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