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Published: Sunday, March 23 2014 8:47 a.m. MDT

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darquehuntre4
Hutto, TX

Simple solution to this. Hobby Lobby is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the company is NOT allowed to discriminate against its employees in ANY situation. This includes health care. And as a public company with stockholders, they cannot push any religious agendas on their employees without discriminating.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@darquehuntre4:

"As such, the company is NOT allowed to discriminate against its employees in ANY situation."

So then how is this discriminating? I think that this mandate from the government is discriminating because it forces those who have a certain religious view out of business.

Whenever the DeseretNews refers to a study by the Heritage Institute or the Sorensen whatever, some people are falling all over themselves railing against conservative viewpoints. Then, when the Deseret News editorial view takes a liberal view like the government should not suppress human rights like freedom of conscience and that corporations need to behave morally, all of a sudden these same people have made a really fast shift to the right with their views that corporations exist to make money and they should not be guided by morality or ethics or social responsibility. Way out to the right of the Koch Brothers.

You need to put some thought into your positions other than that, the Deseret News editorial board said so so I disagree. Think of people who vote straight ticket Republican, but you are doing it in reverse.

Mr.Glass
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tekakaromatagi: You need to put some thought into your position. Should a company owned by Christian Scientists be allowed to deny health care coverage that includes blood transfusions? If you open the door to allow this kind of religious freedom, you are asking for the freedom of religious people to impose their religious beliefs; indeed, you are asking for religious tyranny.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ darquehuntre4:

Hobby Lobby is not a public company. It's a privately owned company... owned by a family who has a right not to be forced into actions contrary to their conscience. It's not a hard concept to understand by open-minded people, even some liberals.

On top of that, to make the claim that birth control should be considered a required element of public healthcare is a stretch to begin with. More than anything, it simply helps facilitate a woman's chosen lifestyle. As such, it should be paid for privately and not by others in the insurance pool. Requiring it forces premiums to go up for everyone.

firstamendment
Lehi, UT

Those who can't afford a condom should be out looking for a better job instead of trying to create laws that govern and dictate and destroy the first amendment. Team Obama seems to have a distaste for the First Amendment for some reason: "...no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

"So then how is this discriminating? I think that this mandate from the government is discriminating because it forces those who have a certain religious view out of business."

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No one will be driven out of business. If they are set against giving healthcare with contraceptions, they can pay the $2000 per employee fine and give each employee a raise with the difference in what they are paying for their insurance to help the employee find their own insurance - with or without contraception. They do not spend any more money than they are right now and can still keep their heads high.

This is a legal and rational way to avoid going against their beliefs. But, they want their cake and want to tell their employees how to eat it too.

PS - Hobby Lobby buys much of their inventory from communist China. Yes, that same China where the government owns the businesses AND pays for abortion when a second (or more) child is conceived. Why doesn't Hobby Lobby stop doing business with those people? Sounds a little hypocritical to me...

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