Hobby Lobby won the court case, but they lost the PR battle.
Former Star Fleet Admiral and human rights activist George Takei took to his blog, That Blog is so Takei, on Tuesday to denounce the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling as a “stunning set-back for women’s reproductive rights.”
“Hobby Lobby is not a church. It’s a business — and a big one at that. Businesses must and should be required to comply with neutrally crafted laws of general applicability.”
“Your boss should not have a say over your healthcare. Once the law starts permitting exceptions based on ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ there’s no end to the mischief and discrimination that will ensue.”
The Supreme Court ruled along partisan lines on Monday that closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby could opt out of the contraceptive mandate if it “violates their ‘sincere religious beliefs.'”
Takei said that the ruling was potentially skewed by the plaintiff’s Christian faith, writing that “in this case, the owners happen to be deeply Christian; one wonders whether the case would have come out differently if a Muslim-run chain business attempted to impose Sharia law on its employees.”
He also hammered Hobby Lobby for spending millions of dollars on retirement packages invested in the same companies that manufacture the contraceptive products they protested in their lawsuit, and for buying their inventory from China. Takei called the hypocrisy “galling.”
Takei then called for a boycott of Hobby Lobby and other for-profit businesses that would force their invasive religious beliefs on their employees. He concluded by saying: “We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others. Our personal beliefs stop at the end of our noses. The only way such companies ever learn to treat people with decency and tolerance is to hit them where it counts — in their pocketbooks.”
h/t Huffington Post
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