Hobby Lobby Decision

Thousands of years from now Archeologists might conclude Hobby Lobby the tipping point responsible for America’s demise. Who can say – personally, I believe a few right wing circuses will pass through town before the curtain falls. Pondering the U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday on Burwell v Hobby Lobby is troublesome – this is my third post attempt. Ponders one and two, filed away under “Hysterical knee jerk preachy rants”.

Politely walking away, making the sensible decision 24 hours to simmer down was preferable to posting shreds of my blown mind, recognizing I loathed reading my previous rants  – I maturely stepped back, believing today would allow intelligently reasoned writing.  Sometimes even the most admirable intentions fall short. Determined to deliver a “rant free” ponder, a new approach –  facts in point form.

* On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, in Burwell v Hobby Lobby. The ruling allows “for profit” companies to opt out of providing employees  contraception benefits under Obamacare  based on religious objections.

* Hobby Lobby is a Oklahoma City based company operated by the Evangelical Christian Green family. It has 600 craft stores in 41 States, with over 15,000 full time employees.

* “We doubt that the Congress that enacted [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] — or, for that matter, ACA – would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy.

* The court’s four liberal justices called it a decision of “startling breadth” and said that it allows companies to “opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

* The court’s conservative justices accuse the Obama administration and the dissent of questioning the religious beliefs of the families that own the two closely-held companies, in particular the owners’ position that providing the contraceptive coverage would put a substantial burden on their religious views.

“[Health and Human Services] and the principal dissent in effect tell the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed. For good reason, we have repeatedly refused to take such a step,” Alito wrote.

* Justice Ginsburg countered –  “The Court levels a criticism that is as wrongheaded as can be. In no way does the dissent ‘tell the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed,” she wrote. “Right or wrong in this domain is a judgment no Member of this Court, or any civil court, is authorized or equipped to make. What the Court must decide is not ‘the plausibility of a religious claim…’ but whether accommodating that claim risks depriving others of rights accorded them by the laws of the United States.”


Dangerously close to launching an epic rant – I leave you to ponder Burwell v Hobby Lobby




4 thoughts on “Hobby Lobby Decision

  1. Has nothing to do with their sincere religious beliefs.

    When Hobby Lobby filed its case against the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate, its retirement plan had more than $73 million invested in funds with stakes in contraception makers —> the same contraceptive products the firm’s owners cite in their lawsuit.

    The article further states that for years, Hobby Lobby’s health insurance plans covered Plan B and Ella, and it was only in 2012, when Hobby Lobby considered filing a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, that they dropped these drugs from the plan.


    Hobby Lobby imports billions of dollars of products from China. China has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, and they promote the use of all contraceptives. China has a horrific human rights record, and they persecute Christians. Yet, HL turns a blind eye.

    It has nothing to do with an increase in insurance premiums. A 2000 study by the National Business Group on Health showed that not providing contraceptive coverage in employee health plans winds up costing employers 15% to 17% more than providing such coverage.

    So what can we conclude from all this? “Red sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning.”

  2. I dunno… There are so many things going on that might toll the death knell of U.S. society. There are times I just want to turn off the news and spend my time with little critters wearing feathers and fur. sigh.

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