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Hobby Lobby does not have sincerely held religious beliefs

A Hobby Lobby store located in Trexlertown, PA.
A Hobby Lobby store located in Trexlertown, PA.
By CyberXRef (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Whether or not it's possible for a corporation to have sincerely held religious beliefs isn't even an issue in the Hobby Lobby case for it is proven that they do not. They are asserting that they're religious beliefs against abortion conflicts with the Affordable Care Act's mandate that all insurance policies provide access to all contraception available. There is now proof that this conflict doesn't really exist.

It has already come out that Hobby Lobby provided contraceptive care before the mandate. They claim to not have realized that was part of the plan. Ignorance on their part or not, the sincerity of the belief is starting to falter.

Thanks to Mother Jones, the sincerity claim is completely crumbled. The investigative magazine reported yesterday that "Hobby Lobby spent millions of dollars on an employee retirement plan that invested in the manufacturers of the same contraceptive products the firm's owners cite in their lawsuit."

Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company's owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).

Since a sincerely held religious belief should see some sort of adherence before being reminded about it by the nightly news, it seems that this is not the real reason for Hobby Lobby's lawsuit. Is it a desire to chip away at legal protections for women? Perhaps a way to get a foot in the door for anti-gay sentiments? Or maybe the slippery slope of allowing employers to discriminate against anything they want to is the intended end result.

In any case, it's proven that Hobby Lobby does not have a religious freedom case. They do not deserve your pity. They do not deserve your business. And they do not deserve your spit if they are on fire.

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