(Image source: George Takei Google Profile)
(video at: Huffington Post)
Takei stands out in front once again for human rights and women’s rights in the USA. Our lovable, kitty meme delivering, deep-throated comedian and internet sensation is at it again. I love logging onto Facebook to see what he’s posted. This time he doesn’t disappoint. He is urging a boycott of Hobby Lobby stores and products.
Many feel the Supreme Court crossed a line and created a major demarcation conundrum between business’ rights regarding their employees and the healthcare options to which they provide when the Court ruled in favor of supporting Hobby Lobby’s anti-contraception campaign. I couldn’t agree more and I’m glad that others are standing out in support against the Supreme Court and this horrible ruling.
A business, according to Wikipedia, is: also known as an enterprise or a firm, is an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services to customers in exchange for other goods, services, or money. Businesses may also be not-for-profit or state-owned. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company.
Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company, also known as a close corporation and therefore owned either by non-governmental organizations or by a relatively small number of shareholders or company members which does not offer or trade its company stock (shares) to the general public on the stock market exchanges, but rather the company’s stock is offered, owned and traded or exchanged privately. More ambiguous terms for a privately held company are unquoted company and unlisted company. (source: Wikipedia)
When the Supreme Court decided to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious views, completely ignoring the First Amendment where it states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thereby setting a legal precedent which seems rather unconstitutional (in my humble opinion) they chose to ignore the employees rights to exercise their beliefs or religion regarding and pertaining to birth control.
I choose to take a stand. I have been a customer of Hobby Lobby for several years. Every time my son decides he wants to do a craft project or an experiment (cue the haunting theme music) I’ve always turned to Hobby Lobby as my source for all items craft related. No more! There are more options out there! I will now be an avid supporter of Michael’s and any other craft supply chain store. I will drive past the Hobby Lobby to go to Michael’s (albeit, only a quarter of a mile.) Let’s show this business what it means to take a stand in a capitalist economy!
Some women choose to use birth control for health reasons not related to the actual intended purpose of trying to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Birth control has a lot of good medical uses outside of pregnancy prevention which can easily be found using a simple Google search. But, I’ll save you the time. WebMD lists 7 “perks” of which include lower risks of cancer and disease prevention. With that being said and Hobby Lobby’s adamant religious stand on birth control it would stand to reason that they want pregnant women who are unable to work because they are too busy in the maternity ward at the local hospital or they want unhealthy former employees living off of Social Security disability from the possible increased health risks of not utilizing birth control.
Besides boycotting Hobby Lobby, I urge women that are employed by this company to find employment else where. Somewhere where you have freedom of religion and the freedom to choose and take control of your own personal health! It’s your body. Take charge!