In the past few months, a store that I actually like to shop at and was excited to hear was coming to my town, has decided to break the law. And they have decided to do it nationally.
Hobby Lobby has decided that as opposed to breaking their religious morals and standards, they would rather pay a daily fine of 1.3 million. They can’t agree with a decision that health care they need to provide their workers includes a controversial birth control pill.
People immediately assume the problem I have with this is that “the big bad Christian store is being a bigot.” And while this is surely the case, this honestly isn’t even the worst part of it to me. First I will make my point about the religion aspect, then the real problem, which is the legal aspect.
Not wanting to take birth control (of any kind) due to your personal convictions, is your business. For a PERSONAL stance there is nothing wrong with that. But they are a CORP. Religion DOES NOT belong in business. And because they don’t want to pay for that one section, they’re not paying for ANY of it. All those people that now can’t get health care. People with health care always think its just no big deal. Can you you imagine if your work right now said, “due to our religious belief of (enter whatever here) we feel that we just cannot morally give you health insurance.” If anyone reading this has a chronic condition of any kind, you know what a difference insurance can make. And these people who are denied the right to health care? Well, easy, right? Just quit. Go get a job at a different place that offers health care. Well, except the whole concept that most companies have limited/no health care for the first 90 or so days. Not to mention in a downward economy, can you even FIND a new job? Give up all your seniority and start again? Possibly take a pay cut on top of it all?
While Christianity is a major world religion, it is NOT everyone’s religion. And the stance on birth control isn’t even the same for every Christian. They are literally putting their belief above everyone else’s, and assuming it is the correct way to go about it. And lets be honest here people: if ANY other religion pulled this, the outcry would be ridiculous. We would never let an Islam corporation pull this. Or a Jewish. And God forbid any kind of sub par religion that isn’t the “top 3.”
On the law side, leaving above paragraph out of it, the religion out of it, there is no disputing: They are breaking the law. And the people backing them? What message is that sending to our children? “Well kids, don’t break the law, unless you really believe in it! Then it’s ok!” No. They CHOSE to break the law, and now they can CHOOSE to pay the fines until they stop breaking the law. They can lose their company. Or they can be responsible ADULTS and business owners, and do WHAT IS LEGALLY RIGHT. And of the two arguements, THIS is the one that actually pisses me off the most. Who are they to think they are above every other company to decide who gets what in a law? They are not above the law. No business is. What if some racist bigot decides “I don’t like interracial marriage. It’s against my moral standing. Everyone who is married to someone interracial, you will be fired.” Can you IMAGINE the backlash? How is this ANY different. It’s not. Because if we let THIS standard slip, what is next? How far can we slide back in civil rights if ONE of these cases gets the OK?