There are many blogs and articles explaining and criticizing the Hobby Lobby decision. Instead of rehashing the legal ramifications of the case, I would like to focus on the original complaint and some of the contradictions involved in their examples of them ‘following’ their faith in business.
1. Hobby Lobby provided Plan B and Ella before the Affordable Care Act: On page 15 of the complaint, they state that after the mandate they reexamined their insurance policy and discovered that they had already provided these birth control methods they consider to be abortion and have since discontinued. Though they may believe that it is abortion to prevent the egg from ever being fertilized, like these measures do, that is just factually inaccurate.
2. Hobby Lobby provides birth control: On page 16, the owners of Hobby Lobby have “no religious objection” for non abortion contraception. Yet the bible
clearly alludes to being directly against the practice.
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
Be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
I agree that being religious does not need to include the Bible or its text yet…
3. Hobby Lobby operates “consistent with Biblical principals”: On page 11 of their complaint, within Hobby Lobby’s statement of purpose, they state. “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a matter consistent with Biblical principles.” The example above, though weak, is one of many biblical contradictions stated in their complaint. Below are their claims of faith based principals, followed by biblical contradictions.
-Page 12, No shot glasses, back hauling of beer or liquor store taking over a lease:
God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.
Wine, which cheereth God and man.
Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
– Page 12,Closed on Sundays (Sabbath): The owners make this decision for their employees while the bible states:
Let no man therefore judge you in meat and drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon; or of the sabbath days.
-Page 13, Take out ads to show people the religious connotations of Christmas and Easter. Also providing resources and proselytizing support: These efforts will hopefully be put towards Jews since the bible directs us to:
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.
-Page 14, Provide “religiously-inspired financial management classes” I’m sure the bible is full of financial wisdom, such as:
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
For the love of money is the root of all evil.
You may accuse me of cherry picking through Hobby Lobbys belief system in this blog and you would be right. This is the problem with accepting flawed beliefs systems as a viable reason to modify laws. They are free to pick and choose an array of unfounded beliefs and claim protection for them. What stops Hobby Lobby from enacting new beliefs or interpretations that will get a special priveledge in the cover of religious freedom?