Questions for Hobby Lobby

English: Hobby Lobby store in Stow, Ohio

I’ve got a few questions for you Hobby Lobby.

Before we get started I want to get a couple things straight.  I am an evangelical Christian.  I want to see nothing more than Christ exalted in all things.  I am staunchly pro-life.  I think abortion ends a human life.  It is a tragedy.  So I understand your reservation with including emergency contraception in your health insurance offerings to employees.

I”m not sure exactly where I stand yet on your position, but I am convinced it is a gray issue, not a black and white one.  I need clarification.  I need thought and prayer.  That’s why I am asking these questions.

So without further delay?

What do you say to those who argue we live in a large, pluralistic democracy and everybody can’t have everything they want?  We all have to make compromises everyday in order to function as a society.  I think the current drone campaign over Pakistan is unjust and misguided.  Yet, I pay my taxes to support it.

How can you cry foul on paying for these drugs when you profit by manufacturing in China: a place with questionable labor and governing practices to say the least?

If you are not offering emergency contraception, what steps are you taking to ensure women with an unplanned pregnancy can stay at work and feed their child?

Do you really believe an employee’s healthcare should be capriciously decided by a corporation?  You say you are fine with preventive contraception.  It’s just the morning after pill and a few others you don’t like.  But what about other business owners who don’t want to pay for any contraception?  On what basis should they have to offer preventive contraception if it violates their conscience?  It seems such a situation leaves women in a tight economic spot at the mercy of their employer.  That doesn’t sound like liberty to me.

In conclusion, I too am sickened that our culture often seems to think of children as a consequence and not as a blessing.  I too think it is unfortunate that abortion on demand is equated with justice.  However, the answer to such an attitude is not drawing a line in the sand over policies which may only make life much more difficult for women in dire poverty.

Thus just as the way the abortion discussion should be refocused on human rights as opposed to reproductive rights, so too should the contraception mandate discussion be refocused from religious liberty onto an employee’s liberty in relation to their employer.

The way forward it seems to me is not more legislation or litigation but churches, nonprofits and individuals continuing to put their actions where their mouth is with the recent upsurge in crisis pregnancy centers and adoption.

I don’t know how to work out this specific issue with the emergency contraceptives.  I do know however that a good start towards a solution could be to discuss the above questions, recognize the merits of the governments efforts and not scream, “Persecution!” every time some elements of our faith don’t get their way in the democratic process (I’m not saying you necessarily do this but many of our co-religionist have no such scrupples).

Thanks for listening Hobby Lobby.



6 thoughts on “Questions for Hobby Lobby

  1. I wonder how many folk truly consider the sentiments expressed in the sentence below?

    “If you are not offering emergency contraception, what steps are you taking to ensure women with an unplanned pregnancy can stay at work and feed their child?”

    Excellent post. The best you have composed.

  2. I also wonder, if Hobby Lobby wants to argue a religious exemption, do they both a) require all employees be Christian or at least sign a morality code (yes some secular businesses actually require such a thing) and b) how they consider their profits (i.e. are they not-for-profit? did I miss the memo on that)? Because otherwise, it’s more an issue of a) control and b) saving money, than it is of Christian conviction. If that is the case, it seems they are using the “Christian” label as a politically expedient means, rather than as an ends, and as an evangelical Christian (who myself am pro-life) I cannot abide it. Being closed on Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian company, contrary to the PR machines at Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-a (and don’t get me wrong, I love me some Chick-fil-a). Also, quit labeling your relatively minor financial inconvenience (because that’s really what it is, employees couldn’t be fired for actually getting an abortion) a persecution. It’s not. Stop doing that. You diminish the real persecution of others by doing so. That’s my two cents.

    1. Yes, they are definitely a for-profilt corporation. I don’t know about a code of conduct but I have not heard or read anything about one. You hit the nail on the head. The adjective “Christian” is just thrown around with anything that fits into or serves a particular socio-economic cultural demographic. When that demographic doesn’t get its way because other demographics push back, they feel justifying crying persecution when really all that’s going on is a changing economic reality. Thanks for your response.

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