Going to Hobby Lobby

The Story

HobbyLobby_tAP768526122694_620x350I won’t go into much detail about the reasons behind what is going on with Hobby Lobby. You all know that President Obama’s healthcare laws are forcing Hobby Lobby, a privately-owned company, to offer certain additions to their health insurance plans, additions which completely contradict long-held religious convictions.

The irony about all of this is that the ones complaining, attacking, vulgarizing, and spewing hatred against a private company are the same ones who preach “freedom of choice” at every turn. They continually complain that the “religious right” wants to force “religion” down their throats. Maybe we should consider the definition of the word “force.”

Force:

As a noun…1) physical strength or energy as an attribute of action or movement; 2) coercion backed by the use or threat of violence; 3) mental or moral power; influence; 4) an organized body of military personnel, police, or workers.*

As a verb… 1) make (someone) do something against their will; 2) make a way through or into by force.*

The Obama administration is using force (noun) to force (verb) the Green family (owners of Hobby Lobby) to either pay for medication which can induce an abortion, or pay $1.3 million a day in fines. What happened to that “freedom of choice” thing? Who are the actual bullies, here?

My Choices

Since it is still America, at least for the time being, I am going to exercise my right to drive 21 miles to a Hobby Lobby store and show my support by spending money (which I have very little of). Those who don’t want to support Hobby Lobby don’t have to go there.

Secondly, because I know that there are some of you who will read this post and react in predictable, hateful, vulgar ways, I am not going to allow any comments which are meant to insult, defame, belittle, or condescend. This is not a government-funded blog, nor is it a place where anyone can say whatever they want. I don’t have to put up with any angry, anti-religious, anti-God, pro-death, ego-intellectual nonsense.

My Recommendations

If you do not want the government of the United States forcing people of faith to do things which directly contradict their long-held beliefs, make your voice heard. The longer you stay silent the sooner the right to speak out will disappear.

On the other hand, IF you support the Obama administration’s utter disrespect for the rights of Christian-owned businesses, DON’T shop at Hobby Lobby. That’s your choice. No one will force you to go there.

THEN, once Hobby Lobby can no longer employ their thousands of workers in over 500 stores in 41 states, who make decent livings and already had health insurance which was better than what was offered by many other companies, YOU hire them.

Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 11th ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

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12 responses to “Going to Hobby Lobby

  1. Hi. Came to visit when I saw the link back. I’ll admit, I get a lot of link backs, but was a bit surprised with this one. I’m not here to become vulgar and rude. I do on my site sometimes because, well, it’s my site. But I respect everyone’s own opinions and sites. I would like to add a few view points from “my” side of this debate.

    I will agree, “force religion down my throat” is a bit of an exaggeration. But I do firmly believe that when a company does something like this, denying the birth control coverage because of their faith, they are forcing their employees to insurance coverage which has been modified based upon the religious beliefs of the owners. The owners, or whoever makes this decision, has every single right to not use birth control. And truthfully, they’re not stopping anyone else from using it. But an item that is typically covered in the vast majority of insurance plans is purposely removed for one’s own selfish reasons not caring what the purchaser of said insurance plan may want or need. Then that employee has to buy out of pocket, which really isn’t that expensive. But this is an issue of rights. If it starts here where will it end?

    For example. I am an atheist. It is technically a religion based upon this definition “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith” (Merriam-Webster). My belief is that there is no god, no higher power, and so on. If I own a business and I do not allow any of my employees to wear any religious icon into work, ie. a cross, how is that any different? Think first, please do not react out of anger someone does not believe. And trust me, I’ve mulled this over quite a bit. Am I making this comparision as a childish response back without really making sure an orange is being compared to an orange?

    I have decided this really is more of an orange and a tangerine. Not exactly the same plane, but I hope close enough to at least help someone who follows a diety-based faith can understand. My business, my rules. Anyone may work here and free to follow your religion, but I disagree with a religious item therefore it will not be seen on my property. Hobby Lobby lets anyone work there, and they are free to use birth control, but they will not aid in health care coverage even though to do so is completely inconsequential to their own faith, household and religious practice.

    Even more importantly, though, is the causal of all the hubbub from Hobby Lobby, Arizona, and hundreds of other people, places and organizations. Unfortunately I do not have access to all these insurance plans to find the actual statistical numbers. I would love to know of all these places who have problems, how many already offered health care to their employees versus no health care (like Papa Johns, but that’s not about birth control). And out of those who already offered health insurance, how many included birth control coverage and only started making a scene when it became a requirement by Obama and his Affordable Health Care Act.

    You see, I’m a 48-year old woman. I’ve had several different health care plans throughout my life. And every single one has included birth control. Not including churches, et al, who are filed as a 501(c)3 as they’ve been exempt from this coverage since day one, I’m willing to bet my bank account that at least 90% of those expressing their opposition to birth control requirement because of religious beliefs already had it covered to begin with.

    Hypocracy. Should the the 8th deadliest sin.

    This is a very gray area… Hobby Lobby is not denying anyone the choice to use birth control, so that right has not been infringed upon. And honestly, I think it comes down more to morals than rights. What is the most moral, non-selfish thing to do? It is hard for any man to set aside their personal beliefs and answer this one.

    • Michelle,
      Thank you for taking the time to genuinely express your thoughts. The reason I included a link to your article was because I am not opposed to hearing both sides of an argument. What I do not want to support are outbursts of angry, verbal vomit.

      You are correct in that there are gray areas which need to be addressed. For instance, I am writing this on my iPhone as I stand in the “party” section of Hobby Lobby. Both the phone I on which I’m typing and the party items were made in China – a place that forces its people to have abortions. In some way both Hobby Lobby and I are supporting a system which stands in stark opposition to our beliefs. Most things are made in China, however, and there’s not much I can do about that. I try to choose other options when they are available, though. Yet, it still bothers me.

      On an end note, I may be mistaken, but even insurance policies that have included contriception have not all included “day after” pills. Contriception is not the problem (for non-Catholic evangelicals), but ending the life of a life after conception is. Therein lies the sticking point.

      Thanks again for your kind response.

      • The “day after” pill doesn’t allow the egg to implant. It’s not aborting a fetus, nor even an embryo. At that point in time, it is still a cell which may be undergoing mitosis, assuming sperm made it to the egg and penetrated successfully. If you scratch your nose right now, you will scratch more cells away than this egg has when it sloughs out because it couldn’t implant. It is not a life at this time. Those opposed to the day after are thinking too far ahead. There is no life at this time – not any more than there is life in you and me right now as eggs and sperm.

        When life begins is a personal decision based upon one’s beliefs. Doctors, scientists and medical professional cannot provide a definition of when life begins. If those who are professionals cannot do so, then how is anyone else, especially politicians, feel they have more knowledge than the professionals and decide for themselves, which includes deciding for those in their state, when life begins? Try to find a medical definition of when life begins. There isn’t one. Only religious definitions. And we all know freedom of religion.

        Same thing with Hobby Lobby. Do they know more than the American Medical Association? The AMA has no definition of when life begins. Does Hobby Lobby know more than the AMA?

        This makes me very weary. This entire fight. I don’t like abortion any more than anyone else. This day-after pill isn’t an abortion, but does take away the possibility of a future abortion. I will gladly pay out of my pocket for this pill for some young girl who needs but can’t afford it.

        I gave a child up for adoption. The only child I ever had. I found out with plenty of time for abortion, but just couldn’t do it. At that point in my life, I couldn’t take care of myself let along an innocent baby. So I gave her up. She’s doing very well with a well-off family. But it was MY choice to not abort. No one decided for me. Not all pro-choice people actually want to see abortions. We just don’t want someone else to make that decision for us. Same goes for the morning-after pill.

      • I don’t want to go round in circles, but precisely because one could not determine when life begins would justify erring on the side of life, don’t you think?

        And by the way, I’m glad you chose adoption, but I’m sorry it had to happen. I know it must have been a difficult decision.

        Anthony Psalm 57:2

        Sent from iPhone.

      • Yeah, I agree. I don’t want to go around in circles either. My personal opinion on life is when the fetus can survive naturally outside the womb – meaning not hooked up to a hundred machines and suffering from a lifetime of health problems because they never fully developed. So I have a rather wide margin.

      • Not to nitpick, Michelle, but you said:

        “Doctors, scientists and medical professional cannot provide a definition of when life begins.”

        That’s not actually true. There is broad scientific consensus that life begins at the moment of conception.

        The question is what that fact means to us. Lots of things have “life.” Consider the grass on your front lawn, for example. We only ascribe protections on certain kinds of life based on concepts such as personhood and suffering…but that’s a discussion for another time.

        By the way, fellow atheist here ;)

      • Atheists disagree! Obvious proof their worldview is wrong! (Insert winking smiley face)

  2. Awesome!! Thanks Anthony!

  3. Having worked in the health care insurance company for 14 years I can honestly say that it has ALWAYS been up to the groups as whether or not contraception or the morning after pill be covered on their policy. Not all groups cover either of these things so I have been having a real hard time understanding what makes the Federal Government feel that they can force this issue. As for Hobby Lobby having to take this stand I believe it is unfair that they have to do so. I will be shopping in their stores because they should be able to put in their policy what they want to cover and what they don’t as all other businesses that have ASO coverage plans.

    I personally believe in the morning after pill in some cases (ie rape) but in others I don’t believe so. If you make the conscious decision to have sex, then you consciously need to take the necessary precautions prior to doing so, not after. But that is my personal choice and not everyone’s choice.

    • Excellent observation. And when it really comes down to the root of all this stuff, most people, including the government, have absolutely NO CLUE what insurance actually is. It never was a “right,” but a contract based on shared risk and someone trying to make a justifiable, honest profit.

      For that matter, it ticks me off every time I hear someone demand what an insurance company should or should not offer. It makes no sense, unless, of course, one lives in a socialistic society that has no understanding of the free market.

  4. This time I enjoyed reading the comments just as much as your article.

  5. I saw this posed somewhere a few days ago. I thought it offered a unique perspective regarding this issue:

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