The Supreme Court handed down decisions in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products cases today. Those are the cases that challenged Obamacare’s mandate to provide contraceptives to employees. The two companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products, are both closely held businesses owned by self-described Christians who oppose being forced to provide, as part of the benefits package offered to employees, contraception.
The issue was spun as feminism vs. religion. Those in favor of the mandate argued “reproductive rights” should trump religion. Online comments have been varied with strong views on each side. One commenter stated that “the march to making this country a theocracy continues apace.”
I find that amusing to say the least. From a religious person’s view this is just a small step back from the restriction of religious liberty that seems to be sweeping the world. Christians who remember the real reason for Christmas have to endure signs saying “Who needs Christ for Christmas” and campaigns to do away with “Merry Christmas” in favor of “Happy Holidays.” Apparently those in favor of that change have forgotten or never knew that “holiday” derives from “holy day.” Lawsuits are brought to prohibit placing white crosses where law enforcement officers have died. Religion has no place in any type of debate in society. Prayer hasn’t been allowed in schools for years. There is a movement to do away with “In God We Trust” on money.
Just over a year ago the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). That was followed by days of celebration by those supporting the decision. If religionists would become as pro-active in the wake of the Hobby Lobby case maybe the tide of restrictions on religious liberty would ebb.