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Examining Hobby Lobby's entrails

April 1, 2014 - Harry Eagar
PLEASE SEE CORRECTION AT END The sanctimonious owners of Hobby Lobby should have expected they would have every last detail of their behavior examined once they decided someone had appointed them the controllers of the personal behavior of their employers.

Bingo!

The results have been what we expect from sanctimonious God-botherers: They don't come close to what they claim.

First it was revealed that they had been buying contraceptives, like Ella, that they said they abhor. No surprise there. When the Catholic bishops made a similar claim they were caught out, too.

Now it is revealed that they also invested part (most, actually) of the pension money they control into mutual funds that own, among other things, abortion drug manufacturers. I don't take this as seriously as the earlier discovery that they and the bishops had, in fact, done what the government was now requiring them to do without, it appears, being struck down by an angry Jehovah. It is not easy being a monomaniac in modern society, whether one wants to be a vegan or a religious bigot. We are too interconnected.

But the Mother Jones report offers a couple of factoids that are worthy of note.

One is that the pension fund for 13,000 people, evidently around $100 million, is awfully small. The Greens are not required to have one at all, but that works out to less than $8,000 per worker. Sounds like they are counting, one way or another, on big gummint intrusion into their workers' lives at some point.

Second is this:

"In their Supreme Court complaint, Hobby Lobby's owners chronicle the many ways in which they avoid entanglements with objectionable companies. Hobby Lobby stores do not sell shot glasses, for example, and the Greens decline requests from beer distributors to back-haul beer on Hobby Lobby trucks."

Recall that the Greens claim their objections are based on their sincere religious beliefs as Roman Catholics.

Sorry, as an ex-Catholic I can say confidently that there is no Catholic moral objection to beer or to whatever it is that is served in shot glasses.

What this amounts to is a sworn admission by the Greens that they do not manage their company according to any religious doctrine but are merely a pair of busybodies and common scolds.

CORRECTION

The Greens are not Catholics, they are holy rollers. I was misled by their meeting with the pope. Most Oklahoma holy rollers consider the pope the Antichrist and his church the whore of Babylon. I guess the Greens are liberals.

Therefore, it is possible that the Greens do, in fact, profess a religion that considers beer immoral.

If so, I don't think we need to consider the merits of their like belief in the immorality of contraceptives. They are moral imbeciles. Sincere imbeciles, peehaps, but imbeciles nevertheless.

 
 

Article Comments

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OneAikea

Apr-03-14 4:25 PM

"Let me know buddy, I know some plastic surgeons that can help you with your gender identity crisis." Elvira Kaahui

Seems you already lost...

bkaahui

Apr-03-14 6:30 AM

Let me know buddy, I know some plastic surgeons that can help you with your gender identity crisis.

OneAikea

Apr-02-14 6:14 PM

Yes, Ekaahui, you are a genious..No arguement there...

bkaahui

Apr-02-14 2:15 AM

Ahhh yes, the coward speaks again. Much to say on the internet, absolute silence in person.

When are you gonna have that sex-change operation OneAikea? I think the last drop of manhood left your body long ago.

OneAikea

Apr-01-14 11:39 PM

"Women aren't smart enough to make their own decisions, the logic goes. The government has to "protect" women from making the wrong decision by forcing them to get a prescription." bakahui

Mail order bride?

bkaahui

Apr-01-14 10:15 PM

Hobby Lobby is about as morally consistent as Harry Eager lol. When you are gonna address the presidents atrocious civil liberties record, war on whistleblowers, and illegal drone war?

The facts don't fit easily into your left/right worldview.

bkaahui

Apr-01-14 9:17 PM

The free market solution is to simply make birth control an OTC pill.

But those who favor big government and pointless regulation want to protect doctors and other wealthy professions from competition.

Women aren't smart enough to make their own decisions, the logic goes. The government has to "protect" women from making the wrong decision by forcing them to get a prescription.

OneAikea

Apr-01-14 5:26 PM

"Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Green family that owns it, say their "religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that end human life after conception"... "Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood say the burden they face is clear in the $100-a-day fine for each employee they would have to pay for not complying with the provision"

This seems to say they care more about their making profit over their employees Health Care. If contraception does work than there is no need for contraceptive drugs or devices that will end human life after conception...Contraception is a prevention...

 
 

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