A group of religious leaders joined with Planned Parenthood to protest the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by distributing condoms to customers and passersby at a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora, Illinois.
Representatives from the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) organized the protest not only to show disappointment in the court’s decision, but also to raise awareness about the Christian view of contraception and the danger of “allowing employers to privilege their own religious beliefs over those of their employees.”
UUA Reverend Emmy Lou Belcher hopes the protest will foster understanding.
“I’m just hoping that (people who see the demonstration) realize that this opinion (of Hobby Lobby’s owners) is not the opinion of religious people as a broad spectrum, but that religious people have many different opinions.”
For Reverend Mark Winters, a UCC minister, the issue is not about religious freedom or Christian values, it’s about power pure and simple.
“You can make the religious freedom argument, you can make the argument about contraception, but ultimately for me, this is about power. Jesus had a lot of issue with powerful people using power over the powerless.”
A growing number of “religious Americans” have expressed their disappointment with the atmosphere created by the Supreme Court decision and with Hobby Lobby. Among them is Serene Jones, President of New York City’s Union Theological Seminary.
“I am horrified by the thought that the owners of Hobby Lobby as Christians think their corporation has a soul, and I’m even more appalled that the Supreme Court agrees.”
Dr. Bruce Powell, a Baptist minister agrees.
“There are many of us Baptists, as well as other Christians, who believe that religious liberty rights are something inviolable for individuals and not for corporations. The right of religious liberty is a fundamental human right. Corporations are legal constructs. They are not human beings.”
Powell and his supporters protested the court ruling with a prayer vigil outside of Hobby Lobby’s flagship store in Edmonton, Oklahoma.
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