Skip to comments.Stop calling Hobby Lobby a Christian business
Posted on 07/01/2014 7:52:13 AM PDT by Wolfie
Stop calling Hobby Lobby a Christian business
The craft store is exalted by the conservative faithful. But it conducts business in a way that flouts Christian values.
"We're Christians," Hobby Lobby's president Steve Green proclaims, "and we run our business on Christian principles."
That is music to the ears of many conservative Christians, who rallied around Hobby Lobby when the retail chain argued at the Supreme Court that ObamaCare's contraception mandate unlawfully burdened their religious beliefs. But a closer look at Hobby Lobby's actual business practices reveals this claim to be as hollow as a flute. Turn over just about any trinket in a Hobby Lobby store and you'll find a gold oval stamped with "Made in China," a country that is one of the worst offenders of human dignity, unborn infant life, and economic justice anywhere in the world.
As such, those shiny stickers littering every Hobby Lobby from sea to shining sea are more than a statement about a product's geographical origin; they are also a stinging indictment against the way the retailer has sought to label itself.
Imagine for a moment a nation with nightmarish labor conditions, inadequate workplace regulation, and rampant child labor. You've just imagined 21st century China. Seventy thousand Chinese employees die every year in workplace accidents that's roughly 200 humans snuffed out of existence every day.
Some provinces in China are raising their minimum wage standards. But don't rush to praise them. Starting this year in Shanghai, minimum wage is rising to only $293 per month a paltry figure that is still the highest amount paid in all of mainland China. That's about $9.77 per day. If you were wondering how Hobby Lobby can sell wicker baskets for next to nothing, now you know.
The Bible is replete with calls for economic justice. Can you call yourself a "Christian business" when you leverage your profits to support an economic system that blatantly perpetuates injustice?
China is also the 20th worst in the world for child labor. Can you call yourself a "Christian business" when you support underage labor? Jesus, after all, taught that taking one's own life is preferable to harming a child.
And what of China's one-child policy, which disincentivizes having daughters to the point that it fuels an underground abortion industry? Data shows that 13 million abortions are performed in the country each year. About 35,000 infant lives are terminated in China every day, and 336 million abortions have taken place there over the last four decades. According to Steven Mosher of Population Research Institute, "most of those abortions have the character of a rape. That is, they were performed on women who were ordered, or even physically forced, to submit to the knife."
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised, then, that China accounts for 19 percent of the global population, but 56 percent of the world's female suicides. Approximately 500 women take their own lives in China every day.
Though China somewhat relaxed its controversial 35-year-old policy recently, Max Fisher of The Washington Post has noted that the policy still leads to forced abortions in addition to sterilizations and infanticide and always will.
Now, of course, a huge number of American companies outsource labor to China, and thus help prop up this shameful status quo. But very few of these American companies simultaneously trumpet themselves as "Christian businesses," arguing in court that providing employees with health insurance covering contraceptives violates their religious beliefs. How can this ObamaCare mandate be so foul to Hobby Lobby executives, while they say very little about Chinese policies forcing women to have abortions against their wills? Is abortion wrong only when the terminated life is American?
The most glaring inconsistency between Hobby Lobby's ethical proclamations and its business decisions concerns the matter of religious liberty. The craft store chain is hailed by conservatives as standing up to Uncle Sam and fighting for religious freedom. Yet Hobby Lobby imports billions of dollars worth of bric-a-brac from a nation that denies 1.35 billion citizens freedom of worship.
If Hobby Lobby was concerned with religious freedoms not just those of conservative American Christians it would quit doing business in China.
Hobby Lobby reminds us why for-profit businesses should resist calling themselves "Christian." The free market is messy and complicated and riddled with hypocrisy. Conducting business in today's complex global economy almost ensures one will engage in behavior that is at least morally suspect from a Biblical standpoint.
If you want to call your business "Christian," by all means, go right ahead. But those who live by the label must die by it as well. You cannot call your business "Christian" when arguing before the Supreme Court, and then set aside Christian values when you're placing a bulk order for cheap wind chimes.
Every time you buy a decorative platter from Hobby Lobby with a Bible verse stamped across it, you have funded the company's fight against the HHS contraception mandate. But you're also sending a chunk of change to a country that forces people to abort their children, flouts basic standards of workplace dignity, and denies more than a billion people the right to worship.
The old “guilt by association” fallacy.
so by the author’s logic we should, if we haven’t already, stop calling pro-abortion people Christians.
This kind of drivel usually didn’t make it into print.
Boo hoo, lefties. I’ll continue to shop at Hobby Lobby regardless of your vitriol and hatred. Meanwhile, Target can get stuffed.
How desperate. To attack Hobby Lobby on this basis?
Very lame and pathetic.
Liberal policies destroy huge swaths of domestic industry, and then they whine that the stores are all filled with imported goods.
Shouldn’t they be happy Hobby Lobby is filled with Chinese goods? After all, China’s even further down the path they want to take us.
Maybe the Left will decide to stop promoting Communism and Socialism now that they have all refused to sell anything made by a Socialist country...
What Bible is he reading?
I love it when non Christians tell me what the standard is that I'm supposed to live by.
Now come the broadsides against Hobby Lobby and the Greens. Settle in for a long siege.
Or better yet, go on the offensive. Attack the hypocrisy of the Left’s cherished institutions; it should be easy enough.
The leftards haven’t been this twisted up since, well, since the last time they didn’t get their way....
So he believes that those who supported HL’s fight for religious freedom somehow now claim HL is infallible? This man is an idiot.
Where? I have read the Bible numerous times and have never seen this in any manifestation. Christ told us to remember the poor, not once did He mandate that we should perpetuate their plight. His first and foremost consideration was their eternal soul. Aside from that, render unto Caesar.
So the store sells around 60,000 items. They could stop the chinese items and sell 100. Think about how much they could save on cost of goods sold. Heck, they might be able to just have their immediate family work there.
The indictment is not so much against Hobby Lobby, as it is against the policies of the Peoples’ Republic of China.
And what would this carping have to do with the business practices of Hobby Lobby? As an enterprise, the business treats its employees with respect and understanding, and its customers with fair pricing and convenient access. And these are not virtues in today’s world?
Hobby Lobby can do only so much in assuring an equitable relationship among all the elements that go to make up the complex interrelationships that govern business dealings around the world. The Chinese, for all their mismanagement of human talent they have at their disposal, still produce reasonably good marketable items as a price that wholesalers find attractive, and they supply them in great quantity. Whether that supply chain is altogether doing “the greatest good for the greatest number”, is a matter to take up with the Chinese.
If they are even inclined to listen.
I neither defend nor attack the Chinese for the policies they use to attain the productivity they have achieved. But if their methods trouble the liberal mind so much, why is not the righteous wrath of the critics directed at the source of these methods?
Hardly ... but it is replete with calls to repent and believe.
Matt 3:2 Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mark 1:15 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.
Acts 17:30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
I have received several “The Week” solicitations in the form of a free copy of the current issue. It is like a “Reader’s Digest” condensed version of the news but with editorials. Did not take more than a few pages to realize that it did have a strong left bias (surprise - not!) No interest then or now. This reinforces my disinterest!
The War-On-Walmart takes a break for a week or so.....