People.com Politics Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 'Hobby Lobby' Dissent Got Turned Into a Song (VIDEO) Jonathan Mann, the musician behind the Song a Day project, covered the 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice's 35-page dissent By Nate Jones Published on July 1, 2014 10:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP It’s not every day that a Supreme Court dissent goes viral, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 35-page dissent in the decision Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (or at least, the one-page summary of it) has blown up among those who disagree with the Court’s ruling that closely held corporations are allowed a religious exemption from covering contraceptives in their employee health-care plans. “Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be perceived as favoring one religion over another, the very risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude,” the 81-year-old associate justice writes, concluding: “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” Now Ginsburg’s dissent has the ultimate mark of social-media success: a musical remix performed by Jonathan Mann, the musician behind the Song A Day project. In his two-and-a-half-minute song, Mann transforms excerpts from Ginsburg’s dissent into a protest ballad about religious liberty and contraceptive use. The effort works much better than Mann’s similar song from 2009, in which he turned Bush administration torture memos into a bright acoustic ditty, to discordant effect. Read the full lyrics of the song below. The chorus about “geezers,” as you might expect, is an invention by Mann. Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent Religious organizations existTo foster the interestsOf persons subscribing to the same religious faithNot so of for-profit corporationsWorkers who sustain the operationsCommonly are not drawn from one religious community It bears note that the cost of an IUDIs nearly equivalentTo a month’s full-time payFor workers on the minimum wage The court I fearHas ventured into a minefieldSlut-shaming geezersAnd religious extremismOne thing’s clearThis fight isn’t overWe gotta stand togetherFor what we know is right Any decision to use contraceptivesIs not propelled by governmentIt’s the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by her doctorApproving some religious claimsWhile deeming others unworthyCould be perceived as favoring one religion over another Would the exemption extend to blood transfusionsAntidepressasnts and anesthesiaPills coated with gelatin and vaccinations? The court I fearHas ventured into a minefieldSlut-shaming geezersAnd religious extremismOne thing’s clearThis fight isn’t overWe gotta stand togetherFor what we know is right Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!