Why the Hobby Lobby Ruling Spells Disaster for Christians



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Some of the interpretations from the left of this decision strike me as a bit bizarre. The Supreme Court didn't say that Hobby Lobby style companies can discriminate in hiring of people based on their contraceptive practices, and it didn't say that employees of those companies can't use contraceptives, including post facto type contraceptives, if they choose. It just said that those companies don't have to pay for those kinds of contraceptives if they object on religious grounds.

LONNIE D BROOKS more than 7 years ago

Hobby Lobby

Hardly a disaster for Christians. Just the opposite. To say the Supreme Court violated the first amendment with this ruling does not pass the smell test. The Court has always treated the First amendment with great respect. The owners of Hobby Lobby did not ask for relief from providing all methods of contraception, only those four out of 20 that in their view crossed the line into abortion. Since there is no equivalent for men comparing women’s health coverage to men’s is ridiculous. Seven of the nine justices agreed that for profit companies are covered by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Forcing someone into paying and supporting procedures against their religious beliefs might have crossed with the first amendment. The procedures in question are still legal and these women can still go out and procure them if the other 16 methods are unsuitable for them. Freedom has been preserved not limited.
I have never heard of a religion called anti-abortion Christianity. I see no way you can say that this decision favors this made up religion. It in no way harms the pro-abortion UMC. As for privacy, that went out the window when the affordable health care act was passed. Privacy was sacrificed since the basic premise is that the employer provides health care. We will all soon be in one database or another and who knows who will have access to our personal health data?
As to the long term ramifications of the Hobby Lobby decision, only time will tell.

Kevin more than 7 years ago

Hobby Lobby's position is not supported by fact

Instead, the objection to certain birth control methods is a smokescreen to their efforts to seek to supersede an employer's right to control employees. It is none of this hypocritical billion dollar business entity's business what if anything employees use for birth control. This is an anti-Christian position. The corporation pays nothing for the employees' birth control - it is merely included in insurance, which is an entirely rational law. Hypocrites like the right-wing Hobby Lobby damage Christianity with their labeling of themselves as such and the corporate media's lapping it up as they spin it. People will say "If that's what it means to be Christian, count me out." Privacy? Did the woman Jesus saved from stoning have any privacy from her illiterate self-righteous neighbors? The long term ramifications will be a lowering of the respect for Christianity and a boost for political candidates who run against the extreme right wing judges on the court who delivered this atrocity.

George Nixon Shuler more than 7 years ago

Hobby Lobby

Insurance companies for self insured companies pay nothing. Every dime of health care cost comes from the owners of Hobby Lobby. The insurance company simply administers the health plan. The court has ruled on the constitutionality of this. Liberty has been preserved.

Kevin more than 7 years ago


Anyone who has health care insurance from any source has already long since sacrificed privacy. Most Americans have no hope of privacy if anyone but themselves pays for health insurance. EVen then the facts of one's health care are usually available

Anne more than 7 years ago

Hobby Lobby decision

For the most part, I agree with Cynthia Astle’s prognosis but do not believe this ruling will have the far reaching effect she believes it has. First, Christianity is a multi-disciplined and multi-defined entity in our diverse world today. Just as Judaism and Muslim beliefs are wide and varied in definition and practice, so is Christianity. Second, I do believe an employer needs to provide income for his or her employees, but in this new era of the Affordable Care Act, paid employer health care insurance for employees may be in its twilight years, if not twilight months. Third, just as justice-caring Christians disagreed with Nestle’s policies on infant formula in Third World Countries years ago, they made their voices known by a national boycott that threatened the very existence of the company. Because of their employment health-care insurance policies, I have boycotted Hobby Lobby and invite justice-caring Christians nationally to join in a boycott of Hobby Lobby not only for their health-care insurance policies against the reproductive practices of women, but also their continued purchase of cheap goods from a repressive country that provides little for their citizens employed by companies that place profits over humanness. Unfortunately, this win for a repressive company claiming a Christian base may only be the beginning of other judicial decisions that will mirror such repression in other ways.

Dan Gangler more than 7 years ago


We must all learn to reject hatred. If we all want peace, then peace will come.

Roger Crane more than 7 years ago