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Hobby Lobby Tries Again to Avoid Providing Birth Control Coverage

Hobby Lobby Tries Again to Avoid Providing Birth Control Coverage

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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12:38AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

@Against H. I suppose your posting declares that you oppose civil rights. Because I can promise you there was not a single lunch counter operator in the South who didn’t believe segregation was a God given right justified by the bible. The plain simple truth is commerce in the US is regulated. Like every other business the owners of Hobby Lobby must obey the laws of the land or shut their doors. Hobby Lobby is saying their beliefs trump the beliefs or disbeliefs of every employee. Since around the time of WWII insurance has been a part of an employee’s compensation package no different than is the wage the employees earn. The owners are free to practice their religious beliefs but they are not free to dictate the beliefs of others just because the others are their employees.

10:20PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Against - no one is against Christianity. What some of us have expressed is the unrest at the non separation of Church & business....if it is a Christian bookstore, you expect it to sell religious items - you don't expect it to preach at you if you go in the door & if the employee isn't the same kind of Christian as the employer, you wouldn't want that employer to force their belief system upon the employee as a "you must believe this or be fired".
You keep saying that Christians are so discriminated against but the facts are that if you don't believe in birth control or the morning after pill, that is your right....just as it is someone else's right to believe in them. Ir you say you don't believe in a woman's right to choose, that IS your opinion & it is well & good. It is your right as a Christian to believe that; but it is also a fact that some Christians do believe abortion is OK & it is their right to believe that also.
Just because an employer feels something is against his belief, he is not allowed to force his employees to believe that also. Hobby Lobby's CEO is doing just that.

12:05AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Sarah H. wrote: No one or no company should have to go against their religious beliefs! I fully support Hobby Lobby in their endeavor.
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Sarah H. No company gets to choose which laws they wish to obey. Hobby Lobby can either obey the nation’s laws or shut their doors!

3:29PM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Christians are welcome to their beliefs. However, when one does business in this country, one must follow the law. That means ALL the laws. If you don't want to do so, then open a church. Until then, keep your religious beliefs out of the free market.

9:51PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Whomever wrote this piece is prejudice/bias against Christians standing up for their beliefs, especially if it goes against that person's personal ideals. It is a shame to have to read such articles as this.

No business should have to go against their conscience.

4:37AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

No one or no company should have to go against their religious beliefs! I fully support Hobby Lobby in their endeavor!

3:53AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

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9:50PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

wont shop at any Hobby Lobby, close your doors and become a church if you provided ministry

5:15AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

So Cyan, according to you taking birth control is IRRESPONSIBLE???

9:31PM PDT on May 31, 2013

Man big businesses just try everything to save a dollar & then yell its due to religion!! What ever!

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