This Thanksgiving religious liberty will receive a huge test as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Incorporated that is challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s mandatory abortion requirement.
The Christian belief system is taking center stage as Hobby Lobby’s grounded policies in the Biblical standard will be viewed by the nation’s highest court. Compromising its integrity has been something Hobby Lobby has refused to do in many areas.
Hobby Lobby is a debt free company that donates 10% of its earnings every year to charity. All stores are closed on Sunday to allow more family and worship time to its employees.
While other companies are struggling to maintain a workforce at the national minimum of around $8 an hour, Hobby Lobby’s full time minimum begins at $14 per hour which is far above the minimum wage of its distant competitors according to information in an article by Real Clear Politics reporter Michelle Malkin.
Chief Executive Officer David Green of Hobby Lobby commented on the success of his company by saying, “We believe it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and He (God) has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full time employees start at 80% above the minimum wage.”
At the core of Hobby Lobby’s fight is the contentious portion of the Obamacare mandate that forces employers to provide abortion services even though the religious conscience is clearly violated. This overreach into religious freedom is what the Supreme Court will ultimately rule upon.
Countless businesses have been forced to drop health insurance due to losing their workforce because of cutbacks the last several years. Not Hobby Lobby who at its corporate headquarters opened an onsite comprehensive health care and wellness clinic with no co-pays in 2010.
Adhering to Christian principles in its operations has led to robust growth with nearly 600 stores nationwide and 13,000 employees which generated over $2 billion in 2009.
Religious bullies and haters of Christian ethics are attempting to force Hobby Lobby to a more liberal way of thinking by hurling false accusations and half-truths. Ignored is the fact that Hobby Lobby is already ahead of the curve in providing inexpensive health services to all of its employees.
Hobby Lobby’s current health insurance program already covers 16 of the 20 FDH approved contraceptives required under Obamacare, and at no additional costs to employees. What Hobby Lobby refuses to do is to be forced to cover abortifacients that violate the owners’ faith and conscience.
All employees of Hobby Lobby are aware of the devout work ethics and faith of the culture. Nobody forces workers to work there. If employees want other methods of birth control, they have the freedom to pay for it themselves.
There are profound differences in providing preventive measures for pregnancy and using drugs to induce an abortion. It is not a frivolous act to use drugs to kill and abort an embryo. Forcing participation to something in violation of religious principles is what the Supreme Court will weigh.
It will be a severe test to the First Amendment and the provision for religious freedom.