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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hobby Lobby Ruling 2014


Imacon Color Scanner    Have people forgotten where they live?  For some, it is apparent that they have.

Freedom to practice ones religion is a constitutional right, pill selection is not.  However, for Hobby Lobby a privately held company the Obama Administration believes otherwise.

In this case BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. v. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC.,  the Supreme Court did not have to make this a 1st Amendment case, since the The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) was past by congress during the Clinton administration.

“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) prohibits the “Government [from] substantially burden[ing] a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicabil­ity” unless the Government “demonstrates that application of the burden to the person—(1) is in furtherance of a compelling govern­mental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” 42 U. S. C. §§2000bb–1(a), (b). As amended by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), RFRA covers “any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious be­lief.” §2000cc–5(7)(A).”

 

If it wasn’t for the The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) that congress past would the outcome had been different?

Hobby Lobby Mission Statement

“At Hobby Lobby, we value our customers and employees and are committed to:

Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles. Offering our customers exceptional selection and value in the crafts and home decor market. Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals and nurture families. Providing a return on the owner’s investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community. We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future.

Hobby Lobby is THE place to shop with everyday Super Selections and Super Savings! Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and all Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.”

One can’t deny that the religious values of its owners carry over and are a huge part of how Hobby Lobby does business.  So based on their religious values they do not want any part in paying for abortive contraception.  It’s as simple as that. They still offer their employees 16 birth control options that are not considered to abort a fertilized egg in the womb

To take it further:

As a person seeking to work for a company has a responsibility to know what benefits are available, the goals and also values of the company.  Some companies don’t even offer health plans.  Prior to the Affordable Care act they did, but were priced out of the market and could not afford to offer plans that would cover every conceivable illness under the sun.

If Hobby Lobby pays for all, or part of your health care insurance they feel they would be contributing to potentially the death of a child.  If you were to pay for your healthcare with no contributions by Holly Lobby many would be amazed at what the cost would be.  It would be far more than a person working at the checkout of Hobby Lobby could even afford.  Management would also likely find the cost prohibitive.  So after doing your homework you decide the culture and values of Hobby Lobby are values you can also live by, so you pursue employment.  If you don’t agree with the values and corporate culture you should not work for them.  In the United States of America no one is forced to work anywhere they don’t want to.  So you need a job.  Is that Hobby Lobby’s problem?  Some seem to think, including the Federal Government, that micro managing a private company’s benefits is a right.  After 6 years with the current Administrations party loyalist have been brainwashed by Washington to believe their needs, wants, and feelings come first over a company that has been in business for over 40 years, has thousands of employees.

If you are having trouble understanding this so far then you probably have not read the constitution or taken the free Constitution 101 course online at Hillsdale College.   This country was founded partly on ones freedom to exercise their own religion.  Would you expect the Catholic Church to pay for birth control as a benefit to its employees?  The Church has an exemption.  Why would you even expect it?  You need to respect it – other people’s religion.

Amendment I (1791)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

Freedom to practice ones religion is a constitutional right. Private Company or person – It ends there! 100% pill choice options is not a constitutionally protected right.

I am not including all women in this statement, but: Women when are you going to stop allowing Obama and the Democratic party from using you as a political prop year after year? It’s been 6 years already.  Enough is enough.  The only war on women is from the current Federal government, who turns law abiding citizens into perceived woman haters at your expense and your dignity.

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