Hobby Lobby is a Christian-owned reatail chain. The company has issued a statement in opposition to Obamacare’s requirement that businesses pay for the so-called “morning after” pill.
The company self-insures. It does not rely on third-party health insurance.
If it is out of compliance by January 1, 2013, it could cost the firm up to $1.3 million a day in fines.
The founder and CEO of the company says this: “By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”
There are 500 stores nationally. It is closed on Sundays. So, it has shown that it is willing to sacrifice profits for principle.
The issue is abortion, says the company’s lawyer.
There are 27 other lawsuits against the plan.
The company is facing a boycott. The boycott’s organizers insist that the company’s refusal to fund abortion will next try resist cancer treatments. Here is their specific line of reasoning.
“They could do such things as not cover cancer treatment because it’s “playing God”. Hobby Lobby has NO right to deny certain procedures or medications that are LEGAL to their employees based on their own beliefs.”
Any outfit that has that weak an argument should be ignored on the grounds that it regards its supporters as imbeciles.
Once again, we see what happens when civil government invades the marketplace. It is not that researchers who are seeking a cure for cancer are guilty of playing God. It is that politicians, by imposing compulsory healing, are playing God in the name of the State, which claims messianic authority. To resist the healing State is a crime in the eyes of politicians and their constituent voting blocs.
Physician, heal thyself!