Bigot of the Week Award: January 4, Hobby Lobby

4 Jan
Bigot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

Sadly, ringing in the new year doesn’t stop the flow of ugly behavior that needs to be called out. This week’s winner managed a triple whammy with misogyny, religious hypocrisy, and anti-Obama (talk about racist undertones) shrieking all in one lawsuit.

Hobby Lobby is a chain that operates over 540 craft and hobby stores in 41 states. It was founded by evangelical fundamentalist David Green and is privately owned by his family. As with any other major employer, they are bound by Federal laws regarding employment. That includes the insurance aspects of the Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to provide coverage for a wide range of birth control options. There is an exemption for very small businesses and churches.

The Green family sued, maintaining that the law infringes their religious freedom. They’re playing the victim card, making the usual faulty claim that how they worship should be related to how they operate their PRIVATE SECULAR business. The Greens can believe whatever they want; what they cannot do is impose those religious beliefs on their employees. By choosing to operate in the public sphere, they are bound by laws designed for the public good. This is true of the family’s other holdings, including the Mardel chain of bookstores.

How typical of far too many false christians to whine about their rights while trying to suppress the rights and freedoms of others. How dare the women that work for them want fair and equal access to health care? How dare the President try to provide that care in a fair and reasonable way to all Americans, regardless of how they spend their Sunday mornings?

The Green’s lawsuit has been blocked at every level. They petitioned the Supreme Court, but Justice Sotomayor denied the petition, stopping the case. Right wing groups are making them out to be martyrs, mounting “Hobby Lobby Days” like the circus that they spun out of Chik-Fil-A’s hate sandwiches. Hobby Lobby says it will lose $1.3 million per day for refusing to implement the law. There’s an easy solution: realize that you sell bedazzlers and don’t operate churches. Treat your employees with respect and human decency. I think that’s what Jesus just might do.

18 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: January 4, Hobby Lobby”

  1. Diane January 4, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    The irony of this is that the great percentage of Hobby Lobby’s merchandise is made in China, which has the largest percentage of forced abortions on its people in the world. So I find it ironic that Christian Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to support abortion by resisting Obamacare, but makes billions from a country that has done 250 million abortions in the 35 years it has had its one child law.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 4, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      Wow! Yes, the irony and HYPOCRISY are palpable! Thank you for making this story even richer and thank you for the link!

    • jenny January 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      i was going to say this very thing–about all their stuff being made in china. i didn’t know the chinese abortion statistics. now i do. now i’m armed for the next “support hobby lobby” link that shows up in my facebook newsfeed. i’m soooo sick of religious hypocrisy. we’ll see how long it takes them to cave.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        Much like Chick-Fil-A, I don’t think they will cave. Let us just hope they go belly up!

  2. prideinmadness January 4, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I never want my life to be control by my employers personal religious beliefs. There are a few places where I will not work because I know they are discriminatory such as The Salvation Army or Compassion House (mental health supportive housing).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Well Said! I would never work for the Salvation Army and more importantly, we cannot have businesses discriminating against their workers because of the religious beliefs the owners of the business hold.

  3. momshieb January 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Gah!! This just makes me scream!
    Its as if the last 40 years never happened for some of these people. My only hope? They are finally being called out as the bigots that they are: thank you!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      As usual, I need to thank you for using your voice! Collectively, we can put a stop this arcane misogyny under the guise of religion.

  4. nevercontrary January 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Even the few times I wanted to shop there it was always sunday and they were closed. Thank goodness a joann fabric opened up closer to my house and guess what they are open on sunday have better products, services, and employees.

  5. katybrandes January 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I had heard there was some new kerfuffle with their company, so it’s good to know what this zealot is up to now. It’s a point of pride that I have refrained from shopping at Hobby Lobby for the last year or so as my own little personal protest against their discriminatory practices. HB has decent prices, and I like their hobby products usually more than what I find at Michael’s. They email weekly coupons that are no longer used.

    The first step to fighting back is to stop giving them business, even on a tiny little personal level. They don’t know or care, but it makes me feel better! And now I don’t have to hear their crappy music any more either.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Do are you comfortable sharing what other forms of discrimination Hobby Lobby practices? Thank you for suggesting alternative places to shop! It is always helpful if we all know where to spend our money and where to boycott.

      • katybrandes January 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

        I meant Hobby Lobby (HL) in my previous comment. A friend had told me about several billboards she’d seen in Oklahoma City, paid for by the Hobby Lobby owner, that proudly displayed of his support for marriage only between a man and a woman. He did so as a representative of his company, which I feel gives anyone who supports same-sex marriage all the reason needed to boycott those stores. Now I choose to shop at Michael’s or Joann Fabric, even if I pay a little more there, and have asked to be “unsubscribed” from the Hate Lobby email coupon distribution.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

        This is awful! Thank you for being such a strong ally for the LGBT community.

  6. webwordwarrior January 7, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    It is hard to feel sorry for a company that can afford to lose $1.3M every day out of misguided principle but won’t pay pennies a day to care for their employees. How very christian of them indeed.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 7, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Yes, I would rank Hobby Lobby up there with Hostess and Papa John’s for worker’s rights. “Let greed and avarice rule supreme,” I believe that is their motto.

  7. Christine Noble January 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Even if it wasn’t the law, they’d save money b/c pregnancy, unwanted and otherwise, is more expensive than not being pregnant. What really burns my toast is that it is obvious that these people are not being forced to reject their own beliefs, but being denied the privilege of forcing their beliefs not just on their employees, but their insurance providers who have to foot the bill for the more expensive sans birth control coverage.

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