*Disclaimer: I am not a expert on politics, corporations, or economics. These are simply my views and opinions on what I have read and understood.*
Hey me too!
And yet, here I go blogging about it.
If you’ve been living under a rock, never turn on the news, or don’t have a social media account then you might not have heard about the Hobby Lobby case.
Quick recap for those that haven’t heard about it. If you have, skip the paragraph and move on!
Hobby Lobby is a large craft store with about everything you need for you obsessive craft lovers (that would be me). They are also a Christian based “privately-owned” company. What this means is that they’re closed on Sundays and many of their items have something to do with God. They also follow Christian values in the way they run their business. Supposedly. Now the issue is that Obamacare now covers birth control meaning employees can receive different forms of birth control for free or at a lower cost. This is a great opportunity for many people who can’t afford birth control who are sexually active or need it for medical reasons that are unrelated to preventing pregnancy. Just to give you an idea of the cost, my nuvaring costs 160 dollars a month. I get it for free thanks to the change in health insurance. The pill is about 10 dollars a month, but some cannot take the pill. Other forms are much more expensive. Now, Hobby Lobby didn’t want to offer their employees certain methods of birth control because of their personal beliefs. Yes, I’m talking about a corporation as if it’s a person because this is the persona they’re giving out. It’s privately-owned and therefore they argue that they have religious freedom. Their argument won in courts and Supreme Court ruled that it was okay for Hobby Lobby to deny their workers the Morning After pill and the IUD claiming that they both cause abortions. This is the simplified rulings and as unbiased as I could get it.
Now to my opinion!
That meme is so wrongly used, I’m disappointed in everything about it including it’s message.
1) The only reason why I can somewhat accept this: people can choose not to work at Hobby Lobby. The company has many locations, but you can choose to work at another job. It’s not the only craft store nor is it the only possible job for somebody to get.
That’s my only argument as to why I can deal with the ruling.
To the arguments against the ruling.
1) “Religious Freedom”: If you type this phrase into Google, articles about Hobby Lobby comes up. This has sparked an argument about what qualifies as religious freedom. Since they qualify as a privately-owned company, people are claiming that it’s okay that they have religious freedom, but Hobby Lobby is a corporation (we’ll get to that later). Arguments for this is that there are Jewish restaurants who only serve food that’s appropriate to their religion. That argument remains invalid because it does not discuss the employees. There’s a restaurant near my home town that has had problems with child labor. They have their children work in the kitchen because of it existing as a home business and they say this is their children’s chores. It’s a part of their values. My point is that values differ and when it’s a small business that’s one thing. It’s contained, but when employees are treated a certain way because of “religious values,” how far can that extend? What if Hobby Lobby was run by a Muslim family who followed Islam. Would they have won out like Hobby Lobby? I’m not sure if religious freedom would have extended to that religious. This would mean that religious freedom is biased and limited to what’s counted as “acceptable” creating an argument that only works for the dominating class.
2) Lobbying: Corporations hold capital. This capital can go into political parties that has agreements with a corporation. What that means is where the people have freedom to vote and argue for political choices is by supporting certain businesses that will funnel money into political parties. Some say that boycotting corporations like Barilla doesn’t do anything, but the idea is to not give that corporation any money to put into political parties that support anti-gay rights. Of course, we are small in the scheme of things. Corporations have investors and make a lot of capital. Hobby Lobby is a corporation no matter how much they put the word “private” in headlines. They may have a small amount of investors, but their assets can support political campaigns that can be harmful to people who are not white, male and Christian. Obviously, people who are of this category can be harmed since not everybody who is white, male, and Christian oppresses others, but their opportunities would not be taken away from them if they stay quiet. (Guys, I really don’t hate white males! I really don’t!)
3) This is a small note. Whether IUDs and Morning-After pills cause abortion is a personal belief. It depends on what you consider to be a baby. Both prevent the connection of sperm to egg or the “sticking” to the uterine wall. If it’s already been done, the morning-after pill won’t work. This belief is so personal that is seems extreme to be involving corporations and the Supreme court is such a private belief. Odd that religious freedom is being argued as being a private business, but something so private is being taken away from individual people. Why does Hobby Lobby think the government should stay out of their businesses, but doesn’t hold the same respect for people who want corporations out of their sex life? How awkward is that.
4) Future cases: This is a point that a friend brought up that I haven’t even considered. Some are arguing that Hobby Lobby only limits two forms of birth control, so what’s the big deal? It’s not like everybody needs an IUD or the morning-after pill. That is all true. The problem is that further movements can be made and other businesses can argue the same thing. Birth Control could be the first thing limited due to “religious freedom.” What’s next? Are the people hired going to be limited because the company doesn’t approve of transgender, gay, or otherwise identified people? Are they going to start saying that women shouldn’t be working because they should be at home? Yes, this sounds extreme, but Hobby Lobby has opened a number of other possibilities that could further limit other freedoms though religious freedom has been opened. This is a case that can be cited by other companies now with the simplified argument of “if they can do it, why can’t we?” This is probably the biggest problem and a major point in the consequences of this decision.
****EDIT: Apparently the LGBT order is being argued against because of religious values. Here we go…******
I was baffled when this was passed because I really thought it would be denied considering all of the major changes that have been created. While some argue that we’re getting further away from the roots of America, I feel we’re getting closer to the core of what the United States was meant to be. People are working to experience more freedom and are learning to speak up and argue for what they want and deserve. Some say that freedom is being denied if Hobby Lobby had lost, but is that true? One freedom would have been denied, but others would have opened up that would have allowed people to become confident. Women would have been recognized as people who could make their own choices without having to work around a policy. A small problematic piece that has been circulated is that the people who made the decision are male. How are men supposed to make a decision about something that they can’t fully understand? Have they had an ovarian cyst that can only be calmed by using a form of birth control? Have they had the panic of the possibility of being pregnant because of a broken condom? Maybe they have on that last one, but they can walk out. Women are stuck. To have an equal nation, women need to be a part of this fight. some men can understand the problems because they have the quality that’s looked over: EMPATHY. This emotion, I am finding, is more important than I ever thought. Empathy can make a lot of changes if people claimed it and noticed the affects on others besides themselves. Changes can be made. This was a set back, but the arguments that are rising up, the outrage that’s occurring, and even the small people (me!) are going to make a difference by jumping from this and using it as a representation of how this is more of an issue that one might think.