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Religious beliefs only go so far for Hobby Lobby

Gazette staff April 16th, 2014

Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma City-based craft store, believes it’s a violation of the company’s religious beliefs to pay for emergency contraception for its employees. But when it comes to making money off those same contraceptives, the retail chain doesn’t appear to be as convicted by its morals.

Hobby Lobby has gained national attention for its recent Supreme Court argument that providing emergency conception through the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — violates its Christian faith. However, a recent Mother Jones article reported that the company’s own employee mutual funds include millions of dollars invested in some of the companies that manufacture those some contraceptives the owners don’t want to have to offer their employees.

“The Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions,” Mother Jones reported.

“While it was suing the government, Hobby Lobby spent millions of dollars on an employee retirement plan that invested in the manufacturers of the same contraceptive products the firm’s owners cite in their lawsuit.”

The company appears to be defending its greatest American right of all, which is the right to stand for your convictions when it benefits you but ignore those same convictions when there is money to be made.

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