Hobby Lobby recently won their court hearing dealing with birth control. The case, which is called Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, is “a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court allowing closely held for-profit corporations to be exempt from a law they religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law’s interest” [1]. This is the first time that the court recognized a for-profit corporation’s claim of religious belief. Still, it is limited to closely held corporations under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)[2]. Thus, Hobby Lobby won a case dealing with not having to follow a law due to religious reasons.

Many thought it had to do with birth control. While birth control was one of the bigger issues, it should be noted that many of us missed the bigger picture. This court case was nothing but a singular blow to the wall of societal sanctity through the use of religion. This singular case had the potential to unleash ready havoc on people’s jobs because their “differences” don’t match up with the organization’s “religious values”. In short, this wasn’t about birth control; this decision was about oppression through religious exemption.

Hobby Lobby Opens Floodgates

If people thought this Hobby Lobby was the end of this type of malarkey, then they are out of their rabbit assed minds. This was only the beginning of these days of trepidation:

The day after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.

The letter, first reported by The Atlantic, was sent on Tuesday by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College, an Erie County, Pa., executive and the national faith vote director for Obama for America 2012, of the faith community.

“Without a robust religious exemption,” they wrote, “this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.” [3]

Never mind the fact that Obama just issued an executive order forbidding any corporations receiving federal funds of discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now, we have these people that feel they should be exempt from this executive order because of religious beliefs [4]. If people thought this court case was a good thing, then they don’t know the half.

Here is a quick history lesson...

Here is a quick history lesson…

That is, unless they are heavily discriminatory due to religious beliefs. Then, this is like a freshly baked apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

The Hobby Lobby Problem

What we have here is not an issue of “does the executive branch need to reevaluate their order”. What we have here is “how further will corporations push to get what they want out of situations”. We have to understand that corporations are powerful. They have money, power, and plenty of political leverage. So, succumbing to their whims endangers the one group that depends upon our country to make the right decision the most: its citizens.

And religious is not an excuse to discriminate against your fellow man/woman. But let the Supreme Court tell it, we are wrong.

And religious is not an excuse to discriminate against your fellow man/woman. But let the Supreme Court tell it, we are wrong.

Don’t believe me? Let me run through a list of possible scenarios for the sake of pondering:

  • Some corporations may want to discriminate against different races because, by their religious beliefs, they may feel that their race is superior.
  • Other corporations may work to discriminate against overweight people.
  • And then, you may have a corporation that will discriminate against Muslims because they believe in Allah while your company is based on the holy trinity.

And yes, these examples are absurd. Hell, they may never happen. But, bigger than the possibility, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby increased the probability of such irrationality happening.

Hobby Lobby Was Just The Beginning

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby opened a can of worms. And now, some of these corporations are going to go fishing. Using religion as their bait, they are trying to catch as much “catfish”, “flounder”, and “grouper” for their groupthink methodologies. The Supreme Court could have kept the lid on the situation. Now, the executive branch will have to deal with every creepy crawler due to religious exception.

You give them an inch, they take a mile; you give them feet, they take the street.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!