Not content to take the openly biased ruling in his favor and go home, the president of Hobby Lobby urged Christians to stand up to the United States government at a conservative event Sunday.
While speaking at “Star Spangled Sunday,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, and Conestoga Wood CEO Anthony Hahn, reiterated what we already knew: that they filed the lawsuit so they wouldn’t have to provide their female employees with contraception that they believed induced abortions.
Green told the audience:
“The bottom line is we believe that life begins at conception, and for us to be a part of taking that life violates what are deeply held beliefs are, and so we just said we didn’t want to freely provide those [or to] pay for them for employees.”
“That doesn’t prevent them from having access to them, but for the government to tell us that we had to provide those to our employees for free was a problem for us and why we decided we had to file suit.”
Green is almost certainly old enough to remember when Evangelicals supported birth control and opposition was seen as a “Catholic” thing. Evangelical opposition to abortion and birth control is a phenomenon younger than the Happy Meal. The efficiency with which they managed to spin the outlook of a entire group of people is exactly the sort of thing Orwell warned us about, and as a result, I respect Green’s “sincerely held belief” as much a I respect the religion of Scientology.
A religion which, by the way, is also older than the Evangelical belief that human life begins at conception.
Green suggested that the government has become more hostile towards Christians, because no in-group fearmongering is complete without invoking that dreaded “Gubbamint,” and urged the faithful to fight
so they can discriminate against women more successfully for their religious freedom. Green claimed that:
There are struggles for religious freedom in America. Just a few years ago we never would have imagined we would have filed suit against our own government, the government that we love. But there are challenges. There are struggles that people of faith are facing today that have never been faced before.
So there is a great need for men and women of faith to stand up and let their voice be heard through the ballot box, and if need be, to file suit, because if we don’t stand up and fight for the freedoms our founders fought for then we very well may lose some of those.
And of course, Green took care to add that his company was “guided and directed” by the Bible.
The gathering was held at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. Other speakers at the conservative gala included Speaker of the House Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Liar Tony Perkins from the FRC hate group, Concerned Women against Women’s Rights president Penny Nancy, Theocratic Vision America founder Rick Scarborough, and pastor Rafael Cruz.
Liar Tony Perkins told the audience that:
Few citizens have ever heard the story of how God used ordinary Christians to do extraordinary things during the desperate days of 1814. But on September 14th, during Star Spangled Sunday, this live nationwide webcast, will tell the providential story behind the song and challenge us to once again rediscover and recommit to what has made America an exceptional nation.
Frankly, I’m surprised they’d embrace Francis Scott Key. Key, after all, was a pro-slavery advocate and slave owner. He was so pro-slavery, in fact, he used his position as a lawyer to silence opponents to slavery, like he did Benjamin Lundy and William Greer when he indicted them with libel for printing “there is neither mercy nor justice for colored people in this district.”
Actually, scratch that. He sounds like the sort of man modern right-wing Christians would love.
You can listen to Green’s speech below.