Compulsion in Any Form
Okay, I’m being the Energizer Bunny of posts today, especially since I’ve been pretty infrequent lately. But this link from Reason was interesting to me, and brings together a couple comments I’ve been making over the past month or so. It juxtaposes the Hobby Lobby decision with a recent law in Georgia requiring businesses to accept concealed carry.
Nevertheless for a certain kind of spouter of partisan talking points, the Supreme Court ruling—that the government could not, in fact, bully people into doing something if those people have religious objections—was more evidence of the “war on women” Democrats plan to keep running on.
Meanwhile in Georgia, a new gun bill that permits lawfully licensed residents to carry their firearms into a wide range of “public accommodations” (like bars) and actual government buildings goes into effect today. Opponents of the bill, generally liberals, tend to be the same people who opposed the Hobby Lobby ruling, while conservatives who applauded theHobby Lobby ruling for protecting religious liberty applaud Georgia’s law for protecting their Second Amendment rights.
I’m a big fan of voting with my feet. I see a lot of people saying that they’re planning to boycott Hobby Lobby because of the recent decision. Hey, that’s their choice. I’d think it a more powerful decision if they’d ever set foot in a Hobby Lobby before, but that’s a different story. Likewise, there are many stores or businesses that I don’t support because of various policies. For instance, I think Nike’s advertising is pretty loathsome, and I haven’t bought a piece of Nike gear for over a decade as a result. That’s my call, and I don’t throw paint at people who choose to wear it, nor do I usually even go out of my way to say that I don’t buy it. It’s my call, and it’s your call. Personally, I’d probably be more inclined to frequent Hobby Lobby, except there’s not one within three hours of me. You make your calls and live with them, I’ll make mine.
Likewise, women are not “trapped” by working at Hobby Lobby. Even if jobs are pretty scarce, I’d imagine that it’s not that difficult these days to find a job around minimum wage at a place that supports 20 types of contraception as opposed to 16 on its health plan. I don’t ever advise quitting a job before one finds a new one, but you get the point. If you don’t like the policies your company keeps, then find a new one.
No matter what, forcing the government — be it the administration, the congress, or the courts — to make your decisions for you ends up making everyone equally unhappy. How ’bout you decide for yourself rather than waiting for your tax dollars to work?