The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling a boycott (and “girlcott”) of Hobby Lobby, a national retail craft-store chain. Hobby Lobby characterizes itself as a Christian company, with 561 stores nationwide and revenues of more than $2.28 billion per year. It also employs 21,000 people.
Hobby Lobby’s website notes it is committed to: “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles.”
FFRF is calling the consumer boycott in response to Hobby Lobby's religiously-motivated role in challenging Obamacare's contraceptive mandate. The mandate ensures that contraception must be fully covered by health insurance plans as a form of preventive medicine. The Supreme Court on Nov. 26 accepted a case involving Hobby Lobby’s opposition to contraceptive coverage based on the religious views of its founder David Green, a preacher’s son.
“The foundation of our business has been, and will continue to be strong values, and honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with biblical principles,” a statement on the Hobby Lobby website reads, adding that it closes on Sundays.
“These abortion-causing drugs go against our faiths,” he told NPR.
Hobby Lobby’s founder objects to Plan B (the “morning after pill”) and ella (the week-after pill), and two types of intrauterine devices. Major medical groups submitted a brief on behalf of the government in the Hobby Lobby case, noting that the morning-after pill is not an abortion, and cannot stop pregnancy after fertilization takes place, instead preventing ovulation.
Hobby Lobby is not only wrong about the science of contraception, it’s 100 percent wrong to seek to impose its “biblical values” on all women. Corporations do not have rights of conscience, women do. Women employees’ rights of conscience cannot be denied by fanatical employers who want to choose which contraceptives they may use! This is religious interference at its most pernicious.
Currently, more than 70 lawsuits have been filed by religious employers, including Roman Catholic dioceses, seeking to deny women workers contraceptive coverage. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two such appeals, including the Hobby Lobby case. Speak up for a right to contraception that has been settled law for more than half a century.
“We ask other secular and feminist organizations to join us in speaking out against religious control of women's bodies,” said FFRF Co-President Barker. “Hobby Lobby needs to find a different hobby than imposing ‘biblical values’ upon women employees.
“Exercise your freedom . . . and shop somewhere else!”
Boycott Hobby Lobby and tell them why!
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
7707 S.W. 44th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
This is also a timely topic for a letter to your local editor.