COMMENTARY | I’ve always wanted to go to Hobby Lobby. I don’t know if it’s the nearly-nonsensical rhyming name, or the newspaper ads that have such an odd assortment of offerings that I feel the need to see them for myself, but the idea of trying it out appealed to me.
It looks like I’ll continue to stick with Michael’s. Hobby Lobby is refusing to comply with the Obamacare provision requiring employers to include various types of contraception coverage, thus reducing the population of their customers by at least this one.
For some reason, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green believes that being a business owner means you have the right to impose your personal religious beliefs on your employees. Perhaps more to the point, he seems to think not being able to impose your personal religious beliefs on your employees in a secular business is an infringement of his religious beliefs.
Apparently, forcing his religion on others is a core tenet of his religion.
As the Supreme Court refused to hear Hobby Lobby’s — and sister company Mardel’s — appeal for an injunction to block the application of the health care law on those businesses, the fines will now kick in. To the tune of up to $1.3 million.
Well, I hear our government is having a little bit revenue problem, so the extra cash should help. Thanks for that, Hobby Lobby.
The idea that a secular business is somehow entitled to enforce the religious beliefs of its owners is beyond ridiculous. Being the boss of a company doesn’t make your religion superior. It doesn’t make your freedom of religion more free. And no one’s “freedom of religion” includes the right to coerce others to practice your religious beliefs.
Health coverage, as a perk of employment, is an aspect of compensation. Green might as well be lamenting his inability to order his employees not to buy alcohol or comic books or rock-and-roll with their paychecks.
It appears he sees himself as some kind of patriarch, that the compensation and benefits that his employees receive are simply the product of his largess, and as such, they are subject to his whims.
We’ve seen this attitude a lot from the so-called “job creators” in recent months, as they’ve elevated themselves to almost sainted status. Apparently with the religious aspects included.
It’s a throwback to a time when there were landowners and serfs to work the land. The thing is, we’re not serfs anymore.
And we won’t be serfs again.
Next thing, he’ll be having inspections to measure the size of his employees’ birthing hips and inquiring as to whether they’re having premarital relations. Maybe he’ll dock the pay of people who don’t make it to church. His church.
There are many things that are none of your boss’ business, and perhaps highest among them is the minutia of your bodily doings. Or not doings.
But hey, like I said, it’s not like we can’t use the $1.3 million per day. Given enough time and enough entitled CEOs certain that the rules don’t apply to them, maybe we’ve found a solution to the debt crisis after all.