Hobby Lobby NOT EVEN INTIMIDATED by Obama’s HHS Nonsense

I know I’ve alluded to it before, but I’m an avid runner. So needless to say, “Chariots of Fire” is one of my all-time favorite films.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s the (mostly) true story of two British runners in the 1924 Olympics. One of these athletes – Eric Liddell – is faced with an agonizing dilemma when the heat for his 100-meter race is scheduled on a Sunday. Despite years of training and anticipation, Mr. Liddell’s Christian convictions prevent him from competing on the Sabbath. He withdraws from the race. (Check it out)

David Green, the CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, is shaping up to become a modern-day Eric Liddell. From the Washington Post:

“An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.”

“Slow down, bro!” (you interject) “Doesn’t the First Amendment say something about the free exercise of religion and stuff?”

I’m glad you asked! And yeah, it does. I’ll get to that. First, I should probably bring everyone up to speed on where this $1.3-million-per-day fine came from.

March 23, 2010: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) is signed into law, unleashing dozens of legal challenges and all sorts of federal mandates, guidelines, and other miscellaneous proclamations.

President Obama, mandating some mandates

President Obama, mandating some mandates

January 20, 2012: The Department of Health and Human Services mandates that all employer-provided health plans provide free contraceptives. Some exemptions are granted to churches, but not to most religious employers or church-affiliated nonprofits.

February 10, 2012: After a good deal of public outcry, President Obama holds a press conference to announce a Grand Compromise: if a woman’s employer has religious objections to paying for her birth control, then the insurance company will be required to offer free birth control. (Because, as everyone knows, the immorality of an action can be alleviated by introducing a middleman. This is why committing murder is wrong, but hiring a hitman to commit murder is totally legit.)

August 1, 2012: The contraceptive mandate officially goes into effect.

January 1, 2013: Exorbitant fines for noncompliance ($100 per employee, per day) slated to go into effect for companies like Hobby Lobby.

This brings me back to the First Amendment issue of religious freedom: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Historically, this “free exercise of religion” has been understood to mean, “any religious activity that is legal, and that doesn’t cause harm to others.” So things like prayer and kosher diets are protected by the First Amendment, but human sacrifices are not. With this contraceptive mandate, the government has essentially extended the meaning of “harm” to include “not paying for another person’s birth control.” Which makes total sense…until you think about it.

Our religious freedoms have been gradually eroded by an ever-increasing “soft totalitarianism”, and Hobby Lobby seems prepared to resort to civil disobedience rather than compromise on their values. It’s a sad state of affairs…but it’s also a pretty cool example of what the Christian life should look like.

After all, how can the Christian follow Christ’s command to “love thy neighbor as thyself” if he is forced to participate, financially, in his neighbor’s sinful actions?

There are few things more inspiring than a person willing to stand alone, defiantly, against tyranny; to sacrifice all that they’ve earned rather than violate their convictions.

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11 thoughts on “Hobby Lobby NOT EVEN INTIMIDATED by Obama’s HHS Nonsense

  1. I wonder how much longer God is going to allow this to go on before He starts really putting the boots to us as a nation… scary stuff.

    Thanks for the blog/update. I especially appreciate the sarcasm…. heh heh heh

  2. Reblogged this on Ferlans and commented:
    Christianity has a proud tradition of civil disobedience. From the three Hebrew boys who defiantly declared “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” through the Jews to Jesus, who taught his father’s law despite the opposition of those in power. Even to the Christian martyrs through the centuries from Stephen to the Chinese Christians today, teaching Christianity in the face of death.

    Christianity has always asserted that, as every sane person knows, there are laws above those that the government makes and has always been about fighting to follow those laws.

  3. Followed Tracy over. Love the “White House representative” photo. I’m reading the series right now and seeing more pro-freedom themes all the time.
    I’ve heard of several police chiefs resigning recently over training to deal with populous uprisings. My thoughts are, if all the good guys resign, we will be left with only people willing to go along with such totalitarianism.
    Ezekiel 22:30 can still be applied today. Let’s pray that many others will stand up and some good people will even have the backbone to go into politics!

  4. You are very good at making a somewhat complicated issue understandable while injecting humor, I love reading your blogs, very thought provoking.
    As a Catholic who works for a Catholic hospital system I am very aware of the consequences of Obamacare, I hope it does not come to hospitals and universities being closed but I also don’t want them to compromise on our values and beliefs. The Little Sisters of the Poor give incredible, loving end of life care to elderly and indigent people, they have said they will not be able to continue this mission if forced to give up their religious freedom, what a tragedy for many elderly and poor who have no one able or willing to care for them. Hopefully Christians will rise up and speak the truth.

  5. We are supporting Hobby Lobby’s efforts. I do think it is a good example of choosing to follow God’s law rather than man’s. January 5 is being organized as a shop at Hobby Lobby day, I think. I’m sure they would be glad for customers on any day, though.

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