Really the question of religious beliefs is irrelevant here. We, as a people, have given our government the right to regulate industry. Many of you have suggested that an employee can always choose to work somewhere else and that is true, but you neglect the obvious correlate that companies dissatisfied with the regulation by our government also have the right to relocate to a different country with less governmental regulation. Hobby Lobby, by choosing to remain in this country as a company has given its tacit acceptance of regulation by the federal government. The same common sense rule that mandates that private citizens cannot choose which laws to obey and which to ignore apply also to companies. As such the law is clear, Hobby Lobby can either obey the mandate, close their business, or relocate to a different country. Their freedom lies in their ability to choose from one of these options.
For those who will inevitably make the argument that this law is not the problem, but rather that the problem lies in the excessive power that the government has to regulate industry, I offer this in response. Open a history book. Many of you have made the claim that allowing this level of control equates to becoming slaves of the government. Maybe you should research the early twentieth century and discover what unregulated business results in. I believe the group of enterprising capitalists who came to be known as Robber Barons created a system much more akin to slavery, than any the current government is capable of creating. But, hey I could be wrong, I guess I am a leftist liberal for basing my beliefs on books other than just the bible.
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This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasn’t built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans.
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in…
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