Is Hobby Lobby the epitome of hypocrisy?

The business which is screaming its religious beliefs are being violated by being required to provide birth control in their health insurance is buying their goods from China, where forced abortions are the law of the land.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/02/1259591/-...

If Hobby Lobby is all about their "Christian principles", should they get their stuff manufactured somewhere a little more "Christian"?

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  • 7 years ago
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    If they don't want to comply with new healthcare regulations because of their religious convictions, they should not put themselves in a position that will require them to violate those convictions. They should sell the company and invest elsewhere. A pharmacist who does not want to honor legally written prescriptions for birth control pills needs to find a different job. No one is responsible except one's own self for a person putting himself in a position that is contrary to his beliefs. They should get out of that line of business now and find a different way to support themself.

    Hmm, I thought I had edited this in order to comment on Chinese goods. It seems that the bigger a business gets, the more any conscience goes out the door. No matter who runs a corporation, the bottom line is always the maximum profit possible, regardless of any religious, ethical or political concerns. It's often been said that are no atheists in foxholes. I maintain that there are no Christians on Wall Street.

  • Dena K
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    7 years ago

    This has nothing to do with buying products from China. This has to do with the 1st amendment specifically the part that says that the Constitution prohibits the government from establishing laws that prohibit the free exercise of religion. In other words, the government (or a state agent) can not excessively interfere with the free exercise or religion. In order to gauge whether or not the government can or cannot do something, the Lemon test is applied. The lemon test comes out of the court case, Lemon vs Kurtzman. The Lemon test has three criteria (or prongs) and if even one of them is violated, then the law is considered unconstitutional.

    The first prong is: The government's action must have a secular legislative purpose; (Purpose Prong)

    The second prong is: The government's action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion; (Effect Prong)

    The third prong is: 3.The government's action must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religion. (Entanglement Prong)

    The mandate, in the eyes of Hobby Lobby and other organizations, violates the second and third prong, and, is as such, unconstitutional.

    I find it interesting that so many people get all up in arms about minor things (e.g. where Hobby Lobby buys its products) but has no problem with the government (possibly) violating a person's right to the free practice of his or her religion. One is a trade decision. The other is a fundamental right that is the foundation of our country. The fact that it may (or may not) currently be in the process of being violated should be more important to people than fixating over where a store gets its plastic flowers.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    While forced abortions do indeed occur in China, they are illegal and are violations of official Chinese policy. They are not "the law of the land". So try to tone down the rhetoric a little.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_abortion

    That being said, it is somewhat hypocritical of Hobby Lobby to buy crap from the Chinese, who are the largest-scale Human Rights abusers on the planet.

  • 7 years ago

    It really is a different issue. Hobby Lobby can't govern the Chinese, Neither can the United States. They hope to decide if they provide abortions to their employees. Birth control used to mean preventing birth by wearing condoms, spermicidal jellies, the birth control pill and patches and the morning after pill or Plan B. Now it means killing a baby that is already growing in a uterus.

    I love that newspeak. Abortion is technically birth control but so is shooting a pregnant woman. Let's hope we stop at that.

    If gay people are so concerned about gender freedoms then why are they not addressing the differences in unfair wages between males and females?

    I don't expect gay people to give a rats patootie about gender wages because they want to have marriage rights at the moment and not be treated like second class citizens.

    Let's try to stay off our high horses and quit judging people based on what we think they should be doing . It makes us sound like fundamental atheists.

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  • 7 years ago

    Many Chinese now speak and read English and English is taught in school so when children grow up they can deal effectively with the West.

    I think that having mostly atheist Chinese manufacture products with Christian messages is actually a type of underground proselytizing. What better and more innocent way to get the Word out about Jesus Christ than having unbelievers look at select Christian Bible verses every day printed on everything from coffee mugs to calendars?

  • 7 years ago

    Hobby Lobby's owners are Christians of convenience.

  • 7 years ago

    Hobby Lobby sells products to women who have had abortions, and hires women who have had abortions. They aren't trying to control what other people do, they are trying to keep from being told that *they* have to participate in it.

    Interestingly, the President who says he is all about women's rights, has no problem borrowing billions of dollars from China. There is no greater "war on women" then ripping a child out of a woman's womb against her will, do you think?

  • 7 years ago

    You don't see a difference between buying products from individuals/companies located within an oppressive government structure versus protesting an oppressive governmental structure being established in a country whose government is based on 'consent of the governed', of the people, by the people, for the people protecting individual's rights of freedom to worship, run businesses, etc.?

  • 7 years ago

    AN EXAMPLE OF A CAPITALIST SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN . Yes it is the epitome of hypocrisy .

  • 7 years ago

    i would think you can pick and choose which battles to fight. buying merchandise from china is more like letting an economic war defeat the free markets of USA. oh maybe it has.

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