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Hobby Lobby's values exclude its investments

Date published: 5/11/2014

Hobby Lobby's values exclude its investments

The April 27 Viewpoints commentary titled "Business owners must be free to express their beliefs" offers an interesting view of the First Amendment.

It does not, however, tell a relevant fact about the apparent hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby first reported in Mother Jones on April 1, 2014.

The argument that private companies and individuals, especially those in the upper 1 percent, can impose their purported beliefs on others under the guise of the First Amendment is amusing, given the information reported by Molly Redden in Mother Jones.

Ms. Redden reported that, "Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012 three months after the company's owners filed their lawsuits, show that 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."

These are the very items the Green family, the owners of Hobby Lobby, is fighting against.

So, what rights are to be defended--the rights of Americans to obtain legal health care from the market exchanges they, and their physicians, deem appropriate? Or the rights of the 1 percent to invest in any moneymaking scheme they desire, while imposing hypocritical "values" on working Americans?

Robert Podlesny