Letter: Hobby Lobby owners are people, too
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I am writing in response to Dana Milbank’s July 2 column "Supreme Court’s useful fiction" where Mr. Milbank propagated the useful fiction that the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was about corporations rather than real life people. Mr. Milbank begins his column by stating "Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend." What Mr. Milbank fails to see, however, is that this case is not about whether corporations are people, rather it is about whether David and Barbara Greene, the owners of Hobby Lobby are people.
Hobby Lobby may be a corporation, but it is owned by David and Barbara Greene, and when push comes to shove it is they who are being forced to spend their hard-earned money on devices that they find abhorrent. The first Amendment to our Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Looking at the Free Exercise Clause, let’s see how this applies to the Hobby Lobby case.
Hobby Lobby is owned by David and Barbara Greene, which means that most if not all of the money that Hobby Lobby contains would belong to David and Barbara Greene. Now it is beyond dispute that the Health and Human Services Mandate implemented by the Obama administration requires the Greene family to use that money for purposes that they find religiously objectionable. Furthermore if the Obama administration truly feels that it is necessary to provide every woman in America with abortifacients (abortion-inducing drugs) then there is no reason that it can’t simply pay for such devices for employees of Hobby Lobby and other companies that have owners with similar religious convictions itself.
The Greene family has made their faith affect other aspects of the way their business runs. They give all starting employees 80 percent above the minimum wage. They are closed on Sundays so that employees can have time for worship and family. The only natural conclusion in this case is that the Health and Human Services mandate is a flagrant violation of David and Barbara Greene’s right to freedom of religion.
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