Entrepreneur Stands for Her Religious Freedom as Supreme Court Hears Hobby Lobby Case
As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case — brought by the Green family who own Hobby Lobby and the Hahn family who run Conestoga Wood Specialties — Tuesday, Americans concerned with religious freedom braved the snow to take a stand. We had the opportunity to speak with Fiona Moodie, a small business owner and entrepreneur from Maryland who said she will be personally affected by the outcome of this case.
She is concerned about the future of her religious freedom as she expands her business.
If I choose to continue on, and grow my small business, and hire employees in the future, I want to be ensured that if I choose to provide health care for my employees, I’m not going to have my religious rights violated.
Her concerns are valid. As former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr notes:
The Greens will, win or lose, be able to carry on and continue their admirable mission to serve a cause higher and nobler than their own commercial success. But something very valuable – the nation’s historic commitment to religious freedom – will have been needlessly compromised.
Some special interest groups don’t see it that way.
Those with diametrically opposite views, led by Planned Parenthood, also gathered outside today to rally in opposition of business owners running their businesses in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs. They derided Hobby Lobby, suggesting things like “my birth control isn’t my boss’s hobby,” and “they should stick to hot glue guns.”
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 24, 2014
How’s that for mature, tolerant discourse?
Interestingly, Hobby Lobby already provides coverage of contraception to their employees. They actually only oppose 4 of the 20 contraceptives mandated by the Obamacare HHS mandate, namely, the 4 that cause abortions. They simply do not want to be forced to pay for abortion inducing drugs or face fines of up to $100 per employee per day — millions of dollars each year. They don’t want to be forced to drop insurance coverage altogether for their employees, currently the only other option given to them under the coercive HHS mandate.
Their case has implications for Fiona and other young entrepreneurs like her. Indeed, it has implications for all Americans, including those who side with the lucrative abortion-giant Planned Parenthood. A person whose faith tells them abortion is wrong should not have to pay for coverage of other people’s abortions. If Hobby Lobby wins its case, those Americans who wish to use contraceptives can make that decision on their own. As the Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre notes:
Ironically, that’s exactly what the Green and Hahn families are arguing in Court today—to not have the government force them to be involved in their employees’ healthcare choices when it comes to drugs that could end a life.
Even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the families, all women, including those who work for the Hahns and the Greens, would remain free to make their own personal decisions about these drugs and services. The Greens and the Hahns simply want the freedom not to participate in those decisions.
It’s a principle of pluralism that forms the bedrock of our free and diverse society and one the Green family understands. “We realize that people make their own choices and must follow their own beliefs just as we want to follow our own beliefs,” explains Danielle Green, daughter of Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.
All Americans, including those like the Greens, the Hahns, and young entrepreneurs like Fiona, will benefit if Supreme Court rules against the Obama Administration’s narrow view of faith.
(All photos by Katherine Rosario)