What I believe about Hobby Lobby

Here are a few things I’m not:

– An attorney

– A Supreme Court expert

– A scientist

– Hungry. (You should never write a blog post hungry!)

I am a woman, a Christian, a regular church attender. I waited until I was married to have sex, for reasons to do with my religion, and I wouldn’t change that decision. And every morning, between 7 and 7:30 am, I punch a small pill through its aluminum backing and wash it down. I pick up my birth control prescription once a month, for free, thanks to great health insurance. And there are a few things I believe that go along with this decision, and that relate to today’s Supreme Court decision.


I believe corporations are wildly different from people. I believe this has implications for campaign finance and contraceptive coverage.

I believe that if you’re going to make money by manufacturing your products in a country with an absolutely abysmal human rights record, you can’t call your company “Christian.” (You can’t call a company “Christian” in the first place, but if you’re going to do so, you better make absolutely sure your company only does good for everyone involved, from manufacturer to shipper to consumer.)

I believe that calling a corporation “Christian” is like putting a Jesus fish on the back of a car. It invites scrutiny.

I believe that any Supreme Court ruling decision in which the 5 majority justices are all male ought to be very carefully considered.

I believe that craft stores should all be turned into Anthropologies or Boston Markets. I’m not a crafty person.

I believe that women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or other hormone-related syndromes shouldn’t have to go outside their own medical insurance to get coverage for their treatments.

I believe that religious freedom is deeply important, and I also agree with Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she writes “[T]he exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities.”

I believe the scientific evidence that says Plan B, Ella, and the IUDs in question do not cause abortion.

I believe that if you’re going to operate as a for-profit business in the United States, your medical coverage should follow, not dictate, the law of the land unless that law is unjust.

I believe that both sides believe ardently in their own rightness, and don’t expect minds to be changed. I know and love people who think very differently about this than I do.

That’s it. There are a million more and better-written thinkpieces out there, so get to it. I’ve got to shave my legs for the first time in two months. Wish me luck.



10 Responses to “What I believe about Hobby Lobby”

  1. Barbara GRAHAM June 30, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    EXACTLY! I would add when men become responsible for the children they father out of wed lock and when single mothers make a living wage, maybe I would be willing to listen to some supreme coiurt judge or politician trying to get a tea party vote talk.

  2. Liz Aleman June 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Yes yes yes, and yes.

  3. Patricio Texidor June 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Good luck!

  4. Shannon Huffman Polson June 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    well said Laura1

  5. Janice Zoradi June 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m very grateful you made the time to think about and write this post today, because it says everything I think and feel in a much better way than I could. I’ve been conducting imaginary conversations in my head all day about why I’m appalled by the Court’s decision, but now I will just memorize your post and my mind will be at rest. Thanks, Laura!

  6. Sugar&Snails June 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I really appreciate your perspective and your thoughtfulness, Laura. I especially love that you seem to have thought about justice and morality as separate from law and government, and also thought about how it intertwines with law and government. Your faith, your conviction, your logic, and your compassion for other people are all deeply inspiring. I look forward to reading everything you write.

  7. David Van Eaton June 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Laura….with respect to your indirect reference to the ACA and direct reference to a corporation’s obligation to follow the laws of the land with respect to the health coverage it offers, you added “unless that law is unjust”. Well, the law (ACA) is unjust. I believe you are free to not shop at Hobby Lobby. I also believe you…and woman who’s employers don’t cover all forms of birth control, are free to buy their own birth control. I also know, that if a HL associate…or any associate of any employer….was not happy about their birth control being covered, they are free to work for an employer who does. Much of what you ” believe” is not freedom or tolerant of another’s views. What it seems you believe is that someone else is responsible for providing something you want, and you freely use Christ to justify that belief. The marketplace of ideas and commerce have spoken and will continue to speak. People desire HL’s goods and people desire to work there. The owners have every right to decide what THEIR health plan covers and doesn’t cover, despite Ginsburg’s misunderstanding of what a privately owned corporation is. The gender of the SCOTUS is irrelevant. I don’t think you really believe in religious freedom because there’s no other way to rationally explain your statements. Your belief in “religious freedom” and respect for others seems to end when one is faced with having to buy their own birth control.


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