Hobby Lobby is a well-known store that many people rely on to supply the needed materials for their arts and crafts projects. I even purchased a wicker basket to carry my eggs in from the chicken house. The store was started in a garage in Oklahoma City and has grown to 525 stores across America. It is a very popular store and highly regarded, but it has a couple of major points against it. First and foremost, it is a Christian-owned business. Secondly, it is in the midst of the fight of its life, as it uses every avenue available to fight against the birth control mandates being handed down the bureaucrats who are writing the regulations that are such a large part of the core of Obamacare.
Remember when the birth control mandate first came down from the Obama administration? The Catholic Church raised its voice in protest because the mandate would require it to violate its conviction that birth control is a sin. As a religious organization, that should be its right, as guaranteed by the Constitution. If you thought it would stop there, you would have been sadly mistaken. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, do not oppose birth control. What they do oppose, on religious and moral grounds, is abortion. As part of the regulations on birth control, the morning-after pill, better known as Plan B, will be part of the mandate. In other words, the Obama administration is trying to force Hobby Lobby to provide a drug that induces abortion as part of its birth control mandate. This is a clear violation of its rights. No group or organization should be forced to go against its religious beliefs.
The most recent action in this case came when Hobby Lobby petitioned the Supreme Court for an injunction to prevent the mandate from taking affect during the ongoing litigation. Supreme Court Sonia M. Sotomayor refused their request.
(Human Events) The justice, who identifies herself as a Catholic, wrote in her ruling that for the Supreme Court to intervene before an appeals court had reached its own verdict would be an unfair judicial interference in the lower court.
“Applicants do not satisfy the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief they seek,” she said. “Whatever the ultimate merits of the applicants’ claims, their entitlement to relief is not ‘indisputably clear.’”
What this ruling does is place a very expensive cost on Hobby Lobby’s decision to fight the mandate in court. Expensive to the tune of $1.3 million for each day it does not comply with the mandate. I have no idea about the fiscal condition of Hobby Lobby, but $1.3 million per day is not a small amount of money. How any business could maintain itself under such conditions is beyond me. That raises the question of just how far they are willing to carry this fight. If they hold their religious beliefs close to their heart, as I believe they do, they will fight to the bitter end. I have no inside knowledge about their thought process, but I would not be surprised to see them close their business, rather than run the risk of violating their religious beliefs. I would hate to see that happen, but can not help but wonder if that isn’t a very real possibility. If so, then I wonder how that will look on Barack Obama’s economic resume, when it appears he would rather force businesses to close, instead of allowing the proper religious exemptions to his far-reaching and unconstitutional overhaul of our health care system? Somehow, I have serious doubts he loses sleep over any of this. It is just another part of his fulfilling his agenda for America.
More on this at Sister Toldjah.
Linked at First Street Journal.