Late last year Hobby Lobby defied a federal court order requiring the arts and crafts chain to provide birth control coverage without a copay. Because, you know, the company’s owners are Christian and stuff so they should get to do whatever they want. Well, they are at it again.
Last week Hobby Lobby asked a federal court to exempt them from the requirement that they provide the morning after pill without a copay. Hobby Lobby argues that businesses, not just religious organizations, should be allowed to shirk their responsibilities under Obamacare because of a religious belief.
However, lawyers for Hobby Lobby argue that the Greens, the owners of the Oklahoma-based chain, shouldn’t be charged a fine because Jesus. Or something.
Hobby Lobby’s attorney argued that the Greens shouldn’t face fines for not complying with mandatory contraceptive coverage simply because their business makes a profit. The stores are a “profit-making company, yes, but also a ministry,” the attorney, Kyle Duncan, argued.
Sure thing. Hobby Lobby is a ministry! Because pictures of flowers and lawn ornaments and unnecessarily complicated frames are totally all in the name of praising Jesus!
Let’s parse this for a second. According to Hobby Lobby, it shouldn’t matter if you’re running a business and making a profit. If the owner of said business holds erroneous beliefs about what medication does and does not cause an abortion, that business should be able to get out of its Obamacare obligations. Sure. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. If you’re going to live in a pluralistic society, you need to learn to live with people who are different. And for the love of Pete, not being able to do exactly what you want all the time is not tantamount to religious persecution. It’s the trade off you make for living in a society. The same society that let you build your business, thank you very much.
Hobby Lobby is only the most famous business to try to weasel out of the healthcare law based on religious objections. In fact, 31 private companies are in court right now. Most of these are smaller, privately-held companies.
It’s worth noting that maybe the most religious-y of all religious companies, Chick-fil-a, has not filed suit to avoid providing contraception to its employees.
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