Here we go – getting Chick-fil-a-ed all over again. Hobby Lobby is a Pinterest-lovers nirvana. A crafty girl’s one-stop-shop. But, unfortunately, owner David Green’s problems are bigger than deciding which winter crafts to order this year. On September 12th, Green filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over new government orders to give insured employees contraceptives and abortion coverage.
Attorney for Hobby Lobby said, “They’re being told they have two choices. Either follow their faith and pay the government half a billion dollars, or give up their beliefs.”
Leave it to Facebook to get involved. Someone created a Facebook Page urging customers to boycott Hobby Lobby stores everywhere– that’s 500 stores in 41 states. Yet again, a Christian, Constitution-loving American (David Green), choosing to run his business based on Biblical values, is being persecuted. I hate to even think it, but what’s happening in our country doesn’t feel far from actual persecution of Christians.
In this case, the uproar is not even about a business owner offending a people group, as it was with Chick-fil-A debacle. Its about a business defending the sanctity of human life – the most basic of human rights. It is terrifying to think that just because someone doesn’t agree with having their employees’ benefits package cover abortion, their business is practically getting shut down.
I don’t know about you, but I already have plans with my mother in law to boycott the boycott and have a Hobby Lobby shopping spree in support of David Green’s decision.
Where has our freedom of religion gone? People came to this country for it. John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution, said, “Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom, and for all His other kindnesses, to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness, and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.”
Wow. Even if you’re not a Christian, look at what has changed. At our country’s start, it wasn’t taboo to be a believer. It was a part of who we were as a country. We became the most successful nation in the world because our freedom – our freedom to work hard and earn what we had – freedom to say what we believed without fear of persecution or fines or losing our jobs.
I don’t see how anyone on the other side could be offended and participate in a boycott over this. Hobby Lobby owners and employees are not Bible thumping anyone. In fact, the only hint of religion found in their company is that they are closed on Sundays and they don’t want their employees healthcare packages to cover a service they consider murder.
Unbelievable! What’s your opinion?