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Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to take a couple of days before I wrote this to really gather my thoughts.  I knew what my initial reaction was, but I just wanted to take some time to really think.

I am a Christian. I have my spiritual/religious beliefs.  I know what I know.  And I hold firm to that.  It’s uncompromising.

With that being said, I know that even Christ Himself doesn’t FORCE Himself on us, so then, what gives me the right to force my beliefs on others?  The answer is – I have none.  I have no right.  I am not here to proselytize. I fully believe in sharing the gospel, but ultimately my life should be my ministry.  My love toward and for others should show the light of Christ without me even having to say one word.

Having said that, I am in full, total, and complete disagreement with the decision the MEN of the Supreme Court of the United States made regarding WOMEN’S access to birth control.

Yes, Hobby Lobby cited religious beliefs. But. If that’s the case, then I need you to change the entire structure of your company.  I don’t know all of the ins and outs of government involvement in corporations, but if I’m not mistaken Hobby Lobby is not considered a non-profit, private, or religious entity.  It’s treated as a corporation (or at least it WAS).  I know it was founded on religious principles and such, but still.   I’m open to correction there, because again, I’m not sure.

In Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent, she wrote:

Ginsburg wrote that her five male colleagues, “in a decision of startling breadth,” would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Here are seven more key quotes from Ginsburg’s dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

  • “The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage”
  • “Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.”
  • “Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.”
  • “It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”
  • “Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”
  • “Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”
  • “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

Some say this isn’t a big deal. It is.  This has set a dangerous precedent. We are all aware that whites cited religious beliefs and used the bible in the mistreatment of blacks, right?  Think it’s absurd?  I think you should take a long, hard look at where this country REALLY is.  And take a peek at the articles of businesses ALREADY refusing service to blacks, citing religious freedom.  It’s 2014.

There are a good number of pending cases that are trying to get out of servicing certain groups citing their religious beliefs.  And have we forgotten about the Arizona bill, which was APPROVED BY LAWMAKERS, to allow businesses to not serve gays, citing their religious beliefs? The governor didn’t sign off on it, mainly due to national attention (annnnnnd the NFL…but I’m sleep).

Some people are saying this is a win for religious freedom.  Shutup.  That’s stupid.  I don’t even want to say anything more about that.  Like Christians aren’t free to worship, etc. Bye.

Some are saying, “Hey! Look at the good Hobby Lobby does!”  Okay, so they raised their minimum wage. And?  What does that have to do with this?

I’ve heard people say that those people don’t HAVE to work at Hobby Lobby.  Again, an argument I won’t address…because it’s stupid. Illogical.  Like it’s easy to just drop a job and pick up another. Ok.

One of the most disgusting parts of this is the FACT that Hobby Lobby invests in abortion pill manufacturers!

Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) employee retirement plan holds $73 million in mutual funds that invest in multiple pharmaceutical companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and abortion-inducing medications.

The companies Hobby Lobby invests in include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which makes the Plan B morning-after pill and ParaGard, a copper IUD, as well as Pfizer, the maker of the abortion-inducing drugs Cytotec and Prostin E2. Hobby Lobby’s mutual funds also invest in two health insurance companies that cover surgical abortions, abortion drugs, and emergency contraception in their health care policies.

 Yes, imposing your beliefs and personal feelings on women by using your faith is cool….but when it comes to the money…. Yup.  I see you, Hobby Lobby.

For those who are acting like this isn’t a big deal, I suggest you wake up.  I’ve seen men tell women that we are getting “hysteric.”  I won’t even address the misogyny in that one.  Women don’t like something, we’re speaking up about it, and that means we’re “overreacting” and are “hysteric.” BYE.

Then you have people who say some women are following the bible and don’t want to have sex without consequences, so they just don’t have sex.

True.

And like you said…that’s SOME women.  And again, even if that is one’s position, YOU. DO. NOT. GET. TO. MAKE. DECISIONS. FOR. EVERY. WOMAN. BECAUSE. OF. YOUR. BELIEFS.

This country is headed in a dangerous, dangerous direction.  The SCOTUS just affirmed a business getting to decide which parts of LAW (the Affordable Care Act is law!) they are and are not going to follow.

Another reading I suggest you take a peek at is “5 myths about the Hobby Lobby case, debunked.” That’s good. Here’s a piece:

2. “But Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood only object to four forms of contraception.” That is true. (As the Guttmacher Institute’s Adam Sonfield points out, in their formal complaints, they also object to counseling for those forms for contraception. No one knows what that will mean in practice.) But there are dozens of other plaintiffs in cases pending before federal courts who object toall birth control. For example, the owners of Freshway Foods object to all forms of birth control coverage. They already got a preliminary injunction at the D.C. Circuit, where Judge Janice Rogers Brown described the coverage requirement as “the compelled subsidization of a woman’s procreative practices.”

Here’s a list of the 149 for-profit companies whose cases are already pending, including several that object to all forms of contraception. Now that the Supreme Court has sanctioned their standing to make those claims and classified the coverage requirement as a substantial burden, they only have to show the sincerity of their beliefs to win.

Yes, it’s only 4 forms of birth control.  But even if it was one – you, for-profit company and corporation, have NO RIGHT to tell me what to do with my body or to impose your beliefs on me. You don’t.

Shame on Hobby Lobby.

Shame on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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