On Thursday, the liberal women on "The View" discussed the recent decision by President Donald Trump's administration to remove a mandate in Obamacare that forces employers to provide health insurance plans that cover birth control.
The mandate was the subject of the 2014 landmark Supreme Court case Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which ruled that corporations like Hobby Lobby, a closely held for-profit company with strong Christian values, can be made exempt from certain regulations if there is another way to further a law's interest.
In this case, Hobby Lobby didn't feel they should be compelled by the government and Obamacare to provide birth control access to its employees since that would violate their deeply held religious beliefs. The high court agreed with them.
But according to the liberal co-hosts on "The View," stores like Hobby Lobby essentially "imposed" their beliefs on their employees. The ladies argued Thursday that not providing birth control and not wanting tax payer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood amounts to restricting people's choices.
"You're almost punishing us for having ovaries," said co-host Sara Haines.
As the women discussed how "wrong" it is for companies to "hide behind" their religious beliefs to "restrict" the rights of others, co-host Joy Behar chimed in to argue that Christian companies are no different than radical Islamic extremists in the Taliban.
"How is it different from the Taliban?" Behar said. "I'd like to know."
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg added that companies that object to providing birth control are forcing their beliefs on their employees and are no different than "the people we're fighting" — an apparent reference to the Islamic State.
"With all these rollbacks and with all the things we hear, what’s the difference between us and the people we’re fighting?" Goldberg said to an applause.
"Nothing," Behar responded.
"It's to keep women down also," Behar added. "Let's not forget that one of the reasons they do this is to keep women in their place."
Later in the segment, Goldberg, now emphatic, said that faith-based companies should not receive any tax breaks and claimed that it's "not Christian" for companies to object to government mandates that violate their religious beliefs.
The co-hosts of Fox News show "The Five" addressed on Friday the comments that the liberals on "The View" made, specifically their comparison between companies seeking religious freedom and the Taliban.
Co-host Juan Williams noted that in the Taliban women are prohibited from driving, going to school, leaving the house without a male chaperon, speaking publicly, showing any skin in public, among other restrictions, and completely dismissed the comparison.
Kimberly Guilfoyle noted that companies with deeply held religious beliefs like Hobby Lobby aren't oppressing anyone or restricting anyone's rights, but simply expressing their own First Amendment rights.
"They’re making these kind of comparisons, and likening it to the Taliban, it just goes to show you the outrageous nature of their claims," Guilfoyle said.
Jesse Watters questioned why, if providing birth control violates your religious beliefs, you should be compelled to provide it to anyone. Then he knocked the liberal women of "The View."
"Some of the things they say, it's not real analysis. It's like they throw around the word 'Taliban' or 'Nazi' or 'Hitler' or 'Klan' into a word salad and then the audience cheers," Watters said. "It's not real political analysis."