Vajazzling for Jesus: Hobby Lobby Aims a Glue Gun at the Birth Control Benefit


Yet another lawsuit has been filed by an organization looking to deny its female employees access to healthcare, except this time it isn’t a Catholic church, school, or charity— it’s Hobby Lobby, a popular arts & crafts retail chain.

Hobby Lobby, which touts itself as a “Christian-owned-and-operated” business filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma challenging the provision under the Affordability Care Act which requires all insurance policies to cover preventive healthcare services for women, including contraception, without co-pay. Hobby Lobby is the first non-Catholic business to complain about the birth control benefit.

According to a press release from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (yes, the same Becket Fund that represented Wheaton College in its failed lawsuit regarding the birth control benefit—it seems the Religious Powerhouse Law Firm that Could has carved out a nice niche for itself suing the government over the birth control benefit)—Hobby Lobby’s ability to provide Popsicle sticks and glue to the public at low-low prices will be hindered if the Big Bad Government forces it to provide insurance for slut pills to loose women:

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

“Washington politicians cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs.”

“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” said Green. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families.”

David and Barbara Green

David and Barbara Green

Hobby Lobby’s complaint prattles on for pages about how deeply religious are the Greens (the founders of the arts and crafts outfit). For example, Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays. They close their stores at 8 p.m. so Hobby Lobby employees have time to get home to their families before their kids go to bed at 8:30. The Greens pipe only Christian music throughout their stores. They don’t sell any icky Halloween costumes or racy greeting cards. They have an on-call chaplain. The Greens takes out full-page newspaper ads on Christmas, Easter, and Fourth of July (Fourth of July?) to proclaim the glory of the Lord (no really, what is so religious about Fourth of July?). The Greens believe in paying their 13,240 employees who work in 514 stores across 41 states a living wage (apparently, that’s an exclusively Christian concept). The Greens signed a Giving Pledge which requires them to donate money to various charities and ministries (again, apparently being charitable is exclusively a Christian concept.) One time, the Greens even refused to let a liquor store take over their lease, presumably because alcohol leads to slutty sex and the degradation of Western civilization as we know it.

The Greens believe that “God has blessed them so that they might bless others” (by refusing Hobby Lobby’s female employees access to healthcare—I guess God really does work in mysterious ways) and if you don’t believe them, just read Hobby Lobby’s statement of purpose!

Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.

Offering our customers an exception selection and value.

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 owners’ investment, sharing the Lord’s blessing with our employees, and investing in our communities.

Who needs healthcare? You are blessed with savings, ladies! And isn’t that enough? Besides, everybody knows that Jesus loved a white sale.

In short, Hobby Lobby has got its bedazzlers all fired up for Jesus — except when it comes to actually making sure that its insurance policies didn’t already cover what it falsely calls “abortion-inducing drugs.” Like Wheaton College, Hobby Lobby’s claimed religious fervor is belied by its failure to perfectly adhere to its purported religious tenets.

Oops!

Recently after learning about the nationally prominent HHS mandate controversy, Hobby Lobby re-examined its insurance policies to ensure they continued to be consistent with its faith. During that re-examination, Hobby Lobby discovered that the formulary for its prescription drug policy included two drugs—Plan B and Ella— that could cause an abortion. Coverage of these drugs was not included knowingly or deliberately by the Green family. Such coverage is out of step with the rest of Hobby Lobby’s policies, which explicitly exclude abortion-causing contraceptive devices and pregnancy-termination drugs. Hobby Lobby therefore immediately excluded the inconsistent drugs from its policies.”

As with Wheaton College, it seems that Hobby Lobby saw fit to ramp up its religious fervor only when it became politically expedient to do so. As such, Hobby Lobby’s complaints about religious freedom ring as hollow as they do false.

And, as with Wheaton College and the Hercules Industries lawsuit in Colorado, Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit takes “Corporations are people, my friend” a bit too far. Hobby Lobby is not a sentient being.  It is not capable of exercising religious freedom. Certainly the founders are, but that is not what’s being argued. Hobby Lobby is projecting personal and individual rights on to a corporation, and in so doing, deny personal and individual rights of actual people.

This has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything about controlling women’s bodies. Full stop.

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  • veggietart

    First of all, Plan B and Ella (not to mention birth control pills) are not abortifacients; they prevent pregnancy.  Second, if your policy already covers contraceptives, you can’t go back and whine about being able to drop the coverage because of your religious beliefs.  And if your beliefs are that firm, isn’t that something you should have ensured when you negotiated the policy with the insurance companies in the first place?   

     

    But if your organization was covering them before the mandate, why be upset that now the law is requiring you to do so?  Besides political expedience or hypocrisy?

  • forced-birth-rape

    Christians are LIARS. Bible god is in no way pro-life, but he does love to torture women and little girls with pregnancy and childbirth. Oh and like pro-lifers he is pro-little-girl RAPE. Any one can read the bible and see they are LIARS.

     

    What the bible says about cannibalism.

     

     

    Christian bible god is pro-people eating their children.

     

    Leviticus 26:29

    “You shall eat the flesh of your sons and of your daughters.”

     

    Jeremiah 19:3

    “And say, Hear the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, The God of Israel: Behold, I am going to bring such evil upon this place that the ears of whoever hears of it will tingle.”

     

    Jeremiah 19:9

    “And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and they shall eat each one the flesh of his neighbor and friend in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their lives distress them.”

     

     

    What the bible says about little girl rape.

     

    Christian bible god saves man, Lot, who offers, NO begs, that a gang of rapist men take his two virgin daughters and gang-rapes them.

     

    Genesis 19:8 

    “Look now, I have two daughters who are virgins; let me, I beg of you, bring them out to you, and you can do as you please with them. But only do nothing to these men, for they have came under the protection of my roof.”

     

    Numbers

    31: 17 “Now therefore, KILL every male among the little ones, and Kill every woman who is not a virgin.

     

    31:18 “But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.” 

     

    Christian bible god telling soldiers to rape twelve and thirteen year old virgin girls.

     

    Peter one of Jesus Christ chosen twelve, calls Lot, a man who offered up two virgin girls to be gang-raped, righteous. Did Jesus Christ know Peters character before choosing him? Yes he did, and he chose a man, Peter, who called pro-gang-rape of virgin girls “Lot” righteous. Jesus Christ did not pick any sexually abused women as apostles, only rape is irrelevant men.

     

    2 Peter 2:7

    “And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless.”

     

    Obviously gang rape of virgin girls is very Christian-bible-god, godly.

     

    The Pro-Rape bible consistently condemns none virgin women and girls.But it does not consistently condemn the men who rape them.

     

     

    The Ten Commandments does not say, Do not Rape. Jesus Christ never said, Do not Rape.

     

     

     

    Christian bible god is a happy-go-lucky self proclaimed baby killer.

     

    Isaiah 13:16

    “Their infants also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.”

     

    Ezekiel 9:6

    “Slay outright the elderly, the young man and the virgin, the infant and the woman; but do not touch or go near anyone whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary. So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple [who did not have the Lord's mark on their foreheads].”

     

    2 Kings 2:23-24

    “He went up from Jericho to Bethel. On the way, young [maturing and accountable] boys came out of the city and mocked him and said to him, Go up [in a whirlwind], you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!

     

    And he turned around and looked at them and called a curse down on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and ripped up forty-two of the boys.”

     

    2 Kings 15:16

    “Then Menahem smote Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from tirzah on; he attacked it because they did not open to him. And all the women there who were with child we ripped up.”

     

    Hosea 13:16

    “Samaria shall bear her guilt and become desolate, for she rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women shall be ripped up.”

     

    1 Samuel 15:3

    “Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”

     

     

    PSALM 137:9

    “Happy and blessed shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock!”

     

     

    Christian bible god making sure women and little girls know they are crap in his eyes.

     

     

    Genesis 3:16

    “I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. Yet your desire and cravings will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

     

     

    Exodus 21:7

    “If a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant or a bondwoman, she shall not go out [in six years] as menservants do.”  Christian bible god pro-female slavery.

     

    Leviticus 12:1

    “And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, if a woman conceives and bears a male child, she shall be unclean seven days, unclean as during her monthly discomfort.”

     

    Leviticus 12:5 “But if the child she bears is a girl, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her periodic impurity, and she shall remain separated sixty-six days to be purified [from her loss] of blood.” Baby girls make their mothers extra dirty.

     

     

    Leviticus 27:1-7

    “And The Lord said to Moses,

     

    2: Say to the Israelites, when a man shall make a special vow of persons to the Lord at your valuation,

    3: Then your valuation of a male from twenty years old to sixty years old shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.

    4: And if the person is female, your valuation shall be thirty shekels.

    5: And if the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, then your valuation shall be for the male twenty shekels and for the female ten shekels.

    6: And if a child is from a month up to five years old, then your valuation shall be for the male five shekels of silver and for the female three shekels.”

     

    Christian bible god makes sure women and little girls know they are worth less then men and boys. People who teach this extremely hurtful, hateful crap to their little girls are just penis worshipers.

     

    Christians promote bible verses that benefit their agendas and flatter their egos, and sweep under the rug like liars bible verses that don’t.

     

    Their life manual the bible testifies against them that their life manual, the bible, was written for slave owners, and little girl rapist.

     

     

    If these bible verses are not true then the Ten Commandments and the creation story is not true either.

     

     

    Quit letting these misogynistic people get away with their woman and little girl hurting lies.

  • jennifer-starr

    Oh noes!!!  We can’t possibly violate our consciences by letting our employees  have the coverage even though they’ve already had all along and–oh. Well that’s pretty awkward.   

     

    It’s funny how a conscience suddenly appears when you want to paint yourself as the beleagured victim of religious prosecution, isn’t it ?  Hypocritical much? 

     

    You’d think it would occur to these people to actually check their insurance policies before they go whining to the press so they don’t wind up looking like the idiots they really are. 

  • susi1662

    First of all, the picture you chose from the Tumblr page is mine, I am honored and pleased to see it in an article that really tells it like it is. I now see for a fact what Hobby Lobby is, a hypocritical business that doesn’t give a damn for their female employees; and that to me says that they don’t give a damn about the majority of their clientele, WOMEN (pardon me if I am not PC with that statement!). I

    I have been a loyal, regular customer of HL’S for years, but as of a few days ago when I heard the news about their lawsuit, I am no longer. I will not spend another penny in their store, and hopefully there are many other people  who will stop shopping there as well. Maybe when they realize that their business is to sell arts and craft supplies, not to interfere with their female employees private lives and decisions, that may change.Untill then, my art supplies will be purchased elsewhere!

    Again, thank you for choosing my little piece of art in your article.

    Sincerely,

    Susi Unupi, Peoria AZ

  • littlepunklost

    People were telling me to work at Hobby Lobby, but I’m agnostic and got scared off by how Christian this chain was. And now I see that I apparently had good reason to be fearful.

     

    I really sympathize with any suffering the workers are going to have to go through because of what Hobby Lobby is attempting to do here. I shouldn’t say this since I work at the competition, but I’ll say it anyway: not shopping at a store won’t really hurt the people up top doing (and saying) all of the stupid shit. It’ll hurt the workers before it ever gets to the big wigs at corporate. So think about that before you boycott things.

     

    But yeah, it’s really staggering reading their reasons for not wanting to be a part of this benefit and seeing how they’re completely disregarding the actual beliefs and wishes of the people who work for them. It’s like the little women underneath don’t matter at all. The spirit of doing this and really this whole scary political climate we’ve found ourselves in is really infuriating, disgusting, and unnerving.