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(RNS) Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit has been one of the most high profile of 60-some cases involving the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate. The arts and crafts chain was founded by David Green, “the biblical billionaire backing the evangelical movement.”

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  1. Do Christian Scientist or Jehovah Wittness (whomever does not believe in blood transfusions) have the right to have health care insurance which does not allow their employees who follow a different theology to have transfusions?

    • Don the insurance would not prevent employees from having transfusions or abortions. The employer is only asking that they not be forced to pay for these procedures. The individual employees can then buy separate insurance on their own to cover these procedures if they so desire.

      • Richard Briggs

        The problem is if your religion finds ANY medical procedure a blasphemy, can they deny ALL Heatlh Insurance? Which is the case for some Christian Scientists. Would a mainstream Christian find that acceptable? Also, how to do prove that a business owner is of a given faith? I can imagine that the Christian Science church might be getting a LOT of “converts” if they can remove ALL Health Insurance from their employees.

  2. If I read a little more about this overall issue, and look at the recent case in Cincinnati, there seems to be a distinction between a corporation and a non-profit in regards to winning the case for the RFRA. So, why can’t Hobby Lobby employees be paid from the Green Family Foundation, or Hobby Lobby sell to the Green Family Foundation for $1 (or donate the company to the foundation), and then the employees would be working for a Christian based non-profit, possibly exempting them from supplying birth control to their employees?

    • Another really good answer is to refuse business licenses to persons whose religious beliefs would keep them from supplying full health services to employees. Next, eliminate the IRS code 501.c altogether, so that the so-called nonprofits actually pay taxes or prove that they donate money without recompense for the welfare of other humans. This is estimated to bring in big bucks to our national treasury, that now is being cheated by religious institutions.

        • “We’re confident that the Supreme Court will reject the government’s extreme position and hold that religious liberty is for everyone — including people who run a business.”

          And what about the employees’ religious liberty? What is your reply to Dan Heller’s comment, re: business owners who are Jehovah Witness or Christian Scientists?

          • CarrotCakeMan Hobby Lobby is not asking the federal government to deny abortions to their employees. They are only asking that they not have to pay for these abortions. The employees who want abortions are free to get them or buy insurance on their own to cover abortion.

  3. Why haven’t the affected employees filed a class

    action lawsuit against the company. Employees don’t have to follow fanatical belief systems. This is discrimination. The company could have denied benefits 75 years ago based on religion finding so called scriptures against non-whites.

  4. I was curious about Hobby Lobby’s position, therefore, I visted one of their stores and was dismayed to find that the Owner/Management that is so adamant about providing birth control to employees thinks nothing of having a predominant product line of almost everything made in China, a country that has a dismal human rights record, a forced abortion policy, and is an outright Godless Communist country….I guess they feel it is OK to make profit for themselves off of all of this, supporting abortion and abuse to human rights vicariously along the way….the epitome of hypocrisy in my opinion….God will Judge them for their greed and deceiful ways, trying to act riteous as if this is in His name….disgusting and shameful in the very least, but mostly, un-Christian….

    • Dave let me get this straight if Hobby Lobby is somehow supporting abortions by buying Chinese goods then they should be forced to pay for abortions for the employees. Therefore, it would be your position if they didn’t buy goods from China then they wouldn’t have to pay for abortions for their employees. Wonderful!

  5. If a business organized to earn a profit cannot exercise religion, what about the human beings running the organization. Aren’t these human beings we’re talking about here? a corporation is not composed of calculators and robots after all is it?

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