Religion, healthcare a bad mix

April 7, 2014 Editorials Print Print
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The media spotlight is shining once again on the Sooner state after Hobby Lobby’s attempt to force its religion on its employees. Hobby Lobby is an Oklahoma-based arts and crafts company that has 609 stores nationwide.

Now, before the Biblical jargon gets thrown at me, I’ll acknowledge it’s none of my business to care about what religious practices one performs in the privacy of one’s home.

Likewise, it’s not a corporation’s business to dictate what kind of health benefits its employees receive simply because its “religious freedom” disagrees with a federally-regulated health care package.

Despite this, the company entered the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 and the first oral arguments of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. were heard.

I love a good legal debate but in the battle of reproductive rights and religious freedom, there is bound to be bloodshed.

On one hand, Hobby Lobby seeks exemption from the Affordable Care Act while citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 as well as the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution citing religious freedom, according to Lawrence Hurley of the Huffington Post.

Since it is a private company, Hobby Lobby wants to be granted the same recognition as churches or individuals.

Hobby Lobby’s blatant neglect of its employees personal health insurance preferences has me furrowing my brow.

If a non-Christian woman wants to work for Hobby Lobby, the corporation won’t discriminate against her.

However, if that same woman wants to use her Hobby Lobby health benefits to procure certain forms of contraception, the company wants control over that decision. It makes no sense.

And to add more to the madness, religious leaders all across America are in an upheaval, making absurd arguments along the lines of “What will the government take from us next?”

Because I am not a woman and lack religious obligations, I’ll say there is no need to bring religion into the debate in the first place.

If Hobby Lobby doesn’t restrict itself to hiring only Christian employees, it makes no sense to impose religious beliefs on their federal health benefits.

Both sides are fighting for important principles, but I’m not sure if Hobby Lobby advocates recognize the loopholes in the company’s logic.

The Affordable Care Act doesn’t promote abortion, promiscuity or hedonism. It merely provides access to all types of contraceptives.

Hobby Lobby’s slippery slope argument lacks the empathy that Oklahomans need in order for our state to flourish.

Perhaps Jon Stewart from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” said it best: ‘What would a biblically-based insurance plan even cover?”

Religious practices should remain private. Sex lives should remain private. Leave them both at home and the world would be a much better place.

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