Hobby Lobby Courage

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Hobby Lobby Defies Obama Administration with Civil Disobedience for Religious Liberty by Ken Klukowski – Dec 28, 2012


“We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29.

Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby’s application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost.

Hobby Lobby is wholly owned and controlled by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Greens are committed to running their business in accordance with their Christian faith, believing that God wants them to conduct their professional business in accordance with the family’s understanding of the Bible. Hobby Lobby’s mission statement includes, “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company … consistent with Biblical principles.”

The HHS Mandate goes into effect for Hobby Lobby on Jan. 1, 2013. The Greens correctly understand that some of the drugs the HHS Mandate requires them to cover at no cost in their healthcare plans cause abortions.

Today Hobby Lobby announced that they will not comply with this mandate to become complicit in abortion, which the Greens believe ends an innocent human life. Given Hobby Lobby’s size (it has 572 stores employing more than 13,000 people), by violating the HHS Mandate, it will be subject to over $1.3 million in fines per day. That means over $40 million in fines in January alone. If their case takes another ten months to get before the Supreme Court—which would be the earliest it could get there under the normal order of business—the company would incur almost a half-billion dollars in fines. And then of course the Supreme Court would have to write an opinion in what would likely be a split decision with dissenters, which could easily take four or six months and include hundreds of millions of dollars in additional penalties.

This is civil disobedience, consistent with America’s highest traditions when moral issues are at stake. The Greens are a law-abiding family. They have no desire to defy their own government. But as the Founders launched the American Revolution because they believed the British government was violating their rights, the Greens believe that President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are commanding the Greens to sin against God, and that no government has the lawful authority to do so.

The Christian tradition of defying government commands to do something wrong goes back to the very birth of Christianity. When the apostles were ordered not to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone, the Book of Acts records: “Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.’”

Eleven of the twelve apostles—including Peter—would lose their lives for the sake of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ; only the apostle John died of old age. They were determined to obey God’s will at all costs.

This issue of civil disobedience is never to be undertaken lightly. The Bible teaches Christians to submit to all legitimate governmental authority (e.g., Romans 13:1), and so a person can only disobey the government when there is no other way to obey God.

But here in America, the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and in its First Amendment it protects against a government establishment of an official religion and separately protects the free exercise of religion. On top of that, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to specifically add an additional layer of protection against government actions that violate a person’s religious beliefs.

The HHS Mandate is a gross violation of the religious beliefs of the Green family. The issue before the courts here is whether the Greens religious-liberty rights include running their secular, for-profit business consistent with their religious beliefs. In other words, is religious liberty just what you do in church on a Sunday morning, or does it include what you do during the week at your job?

The Greens are now putting their fortunes on the line to do what they believe is right. The courts should side with them, affirming a broad scope of religious liberty under the Constitution and RFRA. And the Supreme Court should resolve this matter with dispatch in their favor.

Millions of Christians across the country feel exactly the same way as the Greens. The Obama administration has issued a statist command that is a declaration of war on people of faith who object to abortion, and civil disobedience could break out all over the country unless the courts set this matter right—and quickly.


Filed under Christianity, Constitution, HHS, Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, Religious Liberty, Supreme Court

5 responses to “Hobby Lobby Courage

  1. Thank God someone is showing some backbone! Every business run by someone who values human life — and I don’t care if they’re Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, agnostic, atheist, or something else entirely — should do the same thing. If everyone would just refuse to go along with this crap, there would be nothing the federal government could do about it. How are they going to arrest and imprison that many people?


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Dearest and I were discussing that yesterday. If we ALL do it, they can’t possibly cope with the numbers. Frankly, I’d love to see a couple of Catholic Bishops on the front pages, being dragged off in handcuffs. Not because I hate them. I don’t. But I am griped about all the years they’ve failed to LEAD on the abortion issue.


      • It’s definitely time for some highly coordinated civil disobedience. Our government has forfeited its legitimacy, and we are no longer under any moral obligation to obey it.


        • chrissythehyphenated

          ITA. I have never been a scofflaw. The opposite in fact. If anything, too rigid about rules and suck-uppy about being a Teacher’s Pet type with authority figures.

          But I’ve been watching for years as the civil rights of abortion abolitionists are violated in the streets and eroded in the courts. The ObamaNation’s JACKBOOTS are blatantly violating the separation of church and state without apology or excuse and working their butts off to disarm everyone who doesn’t agree with them.

          Add to this the sheer volume of voter fraud reports and the utter lack of any apparent concern or investigation has convinced me that I no longer have a vote. Cripes, even the GOP loyals talk like Romney’s campaign was somehow at fault for his “loss.”

          And this week, I learned that illegal aliens have tax ID numbers and get tax credits, plus a list of bennies too appalling for me to even look at. My bp can’t handle the outrage.

          I’m done worrying about getting little gold stars in my Civic Duty Do Bee column.


        • Agree 100%. When the laws of men conflict with our moral laws, in fact, we have an obligation to disobey.