A concerning story has come to light which has left an unpleasant after taste in my mouth. According to several sources, the proprietors of Hobby Lobby may not be as squeaky clean as they once appeared. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case which pits the owners of Hobby Lobby against the Obama administration.
The southern Baptist owners of the hobby store are claiming that the Obamacare mandate which forces businesses to provide their employees with certain types of contraception coverage violates their religious freedom. They claim that because some of these contraceptive products result in already fertilized eggs being terminated, they should not be required to pay for them. The Obama administration believes otherwise.
The result of this case, as I’ve mentioned several times already, will be a turning point. We will either continue to be a nation of religious freedom, or we will turn a very dangerous corner. The Left has rather predictably made this into a case of women versus conservatives; It has become yet another weapon in the fictional “war on women.” I have stood by Hobby Lobby because it is clear that their religious freedom is being violated. Now, a new layer has been uncovered that not only disturbs me, but is going to make the lives of Hobby Lobby defenders very difficult.
According to Molly Redden:
“Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012 (see above)—three months after the company’s owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).”
If Redden is to be believed–after all, she is from Mother Jones–this could have massive negative repercussions. I’ve already seen it all over Facebook, the “Well well well, look at how hypocritical conservatives are” nonsense. It’s posted everywhere, from every liberal friend. But, here’s the thing, it doesn’t have any effect on the case being heard by the Supreme Court. Additionally, if it is true that the owners of Hobby Lobby knew they were investing in the contraceptive devices which they claim run contrary to their faith, it makes them hypocrites. But their hypocrisy doesn’t make the rest of us hypocrites for supporting religious freedom.
The liberal mind is a concrete device. It sees a story like the one from Redden, and immediately dismisses the entire religious freedom argument. It’s a fallacy often referred to as “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.” This argument claims that because of Hobby Lobby’s possible hypocrisy regarding their 401(k) investments, the Supreme Court religious freedom case is made irrelevant. It’s a red herring of sorts, used to muddy the waters, and make the opposition look bad. It assumes that one bad portion taints the other.
The case being heard by the Supreme Court is as relevant as it ever was. Should someone who believes that abortion is murder be forced by the government to pay for their employees’ Plan B abortion pill? Absolutely not. It is a violation of of our guaranteed rights as American citizens. The (possible) hypocrisy of an individual does not invalidate a just argument.
The argument against the Obamacare contraception mandate stands. Don’t let the liberal propaganda fool you, or make you unsure of what you believe.