Hobby Lobby: we’re religious, so we shouldn’t have to obey the law.

The owners of Hobby Lobby are saying they shouldn’t have to abide by America’s healthcare laws because of their religious convictions.  This makes them the most recent entry to the long list of religious groups/people who have argued that their belief in a guy rising from the dead should allow them to skirt the law.

Thankfully, so far Hobby Lobby is being met with the same judicial disdain as a person citing their religious beliefs to argue that they shouldn’t have to abide by labor laws to avoid paying their employees overtime.

An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.

Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman’s womb.

You heard that right.  Given the choice between paying $1.3 million per day or not trying to control their employees’ sex lives, the owners of Hobby Lobby would rather drop the money.

Sorry Hobby Lobby, you get to be a church or you get to be a for-profit business.  You don’t get to be both.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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