The Land of the “Fees” and the Home of the “Conformed:” Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Hobby Lobby store imagePut the elephants and donkeys aside. Don’t take into account whether you voted for the President or someone else. Religious Liberty lies at the center of the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and that should have every American watching this issue closely.

I didn’t learn nearly enough in Mrs. Johnson 6th grade class, but I did learn that some brave pilgrims sailed the Atlantic Ocean to escape religious persecution and to find a land of opportunity. Will we now recline in our La-Z-Boy and watch religious liberty disappear like the fading tide? If so, we owe an apology to the pilgrims and to every American soldier who has fought for our freedom.

Let’s review the facts:

  • The Green’s, owners of Hobby Lobby and Mardel Christian Book Stores, attend Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma.
  • According to SBC.net, Council Road Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • The Southern Baptist Convention’s confession, The Baptist Faith and Message 2000, states, “We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”
  • The Green’s are not just casual church attenders but active believers who close their stores on Sunday and have given millions to the Oklahoma Baptist Convention and other evangelical education.
  • Obamacare or the HHS mandate requires Plan B (the morning after pill) and IUD’s to be included. These drugs have abortive functions preventing implantation after conception.
  • The government will force the Green family to offer employees at Hobby Lobby and Mardel these abortive drugs or pay up to a 1.3 million dollar fine per day until they conform.

The Green family and many others believe that life begins at the moment of conception. Obamacare forces the Green’s to act contrary to their religious beliefs or pay a monetary fine. This violates their freedom of religion.

Why Big Government’s Invasion Matters to You:

If the government can use monetary penalty to control the actions (or worse yet, the beliefs) of its citizens and businesses, then we no longer have religious liberty in this country.

Maybe you’re not a Baptist or you don’t think these drugs are morally wrong, so why does it matter to you?  Because if the government can use monetary fines to force one business or one person to act against their religion, the government may one day use monetary penalty against your beliefs as well.

How long before the government will use your tax money to pay for abortions, euthanasia or worse? What will you do then? How long before the government labels believing Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven as hate speech spoken by religious fanatics and fines any citizen attending such a church? Will it be too late at that point?

Everyone should watch closely and be ready to act before America becomes the land of the “fees” and the home of the “conformed.”

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3 responses to “The Land of the “Fees” and the Home of the “Conformed:” Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

  1. Excellent post. I agree wholeheartedly.

  2. The First Amendment guarantees our religious freedom including the “free exercise thereof.” Let us consider an employee of Hobby Lobby that has a religious belief that does not prohibit the use of birth control or abortion and belongs to the company health care plan, It seems to me that the Green family is violating their employees’ first amendment rights by trying to force them to confirm to their beliefs with complete disregard for their employees’ religious freedom.

  3. Thanks for the comment Edward. I would content that the Green family is not violating that employees first amendment right. First, that person has the freedom to go work someone else. Second, that person has the ability to work for the Green’s and still buy abortive drugs or have an abortion if they pay for it, and the constitution doesn’t guarantee the right to have someone else pay for your free exercise of religion. Third, while considering others, it seems we should also consider the constitutional rights of the life created at the moment of conception. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the unborn who has their rights violated the worst but that is another discussion. All that to say, that I don’t see your point. You’ll have to explain to me how not providing something jeopardizes their religious liberty. Thanks for taking the time to read and engage.

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