House Republicans have introduced a bill that would require vegan restaurants to serve meat products. Republican Mark Ingram from Alabama wrote the bill. He says, “They are operating a restaurant. They cannot serve food without serving meat. People need to eat meat. Who are they to deny this to consumers?” The bill is expected to pass the house, but Democrats in the Senate have vowed to vote it down.
If you agree this bill is wrong, and a violation of the Restauraneer’s rights, you would be correct.
If you think this bill is a good idea, you either have a good sense of humor, or you are a moron.
If you think this bill is wrong, but also think Hobby Lobby is in the wrong, you are either a moronic hypocrite, or a self-righteous asshat.
Because it’s pretty much the exact same argument. The only difference is, the owner of Hobby Lobby has a Constitutional right to his religion. Vegans to not have a constitutional right to be vegans (unless they consider it a religion).
I’m sorry, but there really is no difference in these two examples. Vegans have the right to decide what services they will offer to their customers. Hobby Lobby has a right to decide what benefits they provide to their employees. If the owner of Hobby Lobby feels it is a sin to provide contraception to employees, then that his is Constitutionally guaranteed right.
And neither is absolutely needed to live a healthy, long life. Plenty of people live to be a ripe old age without eating meat. And birth control is not absolutely needed. Yes, it can be used to regulate menstrual cycles. But meat can be used to regulate bowel movements. Some folks don’t like the feeling of having to eat beans to get their protein because of the gas it gives them. And some women don’t like have menstrual cycles that come sporradically. Both have valid points. But the vegan restaurant should not be FORCED to compromise their beliefs because I don’t like beans, just as the owner of Hobby Lobby shouldn’t be forced to compromise his beliefs because someone don’t want a child.
Just as I can go to another restaurant or store to buy my meat for my protein needs, an employee can choose to join one of the exchanges or obtain insurance elsewhere for their birth control needs.
And so many people have absolutely no idea what Hobby Lobby’s actual stance is on this topic. They don’t want to bar their employees form using birth control. They understand it’s their right to do so. Just as a vegan restaurant can’t stop me from buying meat somewhere else. They choose not to. Even if I eat meat at their restaurant, they still are not hurting animals, right? Wrong. They are. They would then be an accomplice to the suffering of that animal in their view, and that’s why pretty much every intelligent person would oppose a bill like the one I made up above. Yet, many of those same people oppose the stance of the owner of Hobby Lobby.
Just most vegans are ok with me eating meat, most that don’t approve of birth control don’t mind if others use it. Are there some in the fringe that are out to ban it? Yes, absolutely. But there are also the militant vegans out to ban meat consumption. They are not representative of the populace, however.
So why do they support the ACA mandate that Hobby Lobby not have the same right to not be an accomplice to something they feel is wrong? In the owner’s eyes, it is as much of a sin for him to provide it as it would be for him to use it.
Here’s what really riles my feathers about it all. So many people call Hobby Lobby ignorant becuase employees can still use the money they earn working there to go buy it.
Is that ignorance, or is it compromise? See, what these folks don’t understand is, the owner of Hobby Lobby just wants to protect his rights. He doesn’t want to force his views down others’ throats. That would be Facism. And Hobby Lobby supports the right of people to choose to use birth control if they choose, just not be a part of it.
Every one of us have something that we don’t agree with that is legal to do. Whether it be pre-marital sex, spanking your children, adultery, how others choose to invest their money, the list goes on and on. But for the most part, the rational people of this nation just choose to not partake, but do not go so far as to try to ban others from doing it. That is exactly what Hobby Lobby is doing.
It would be a completely different story if the chain store were to start firing people that used birth control, but they aren’t. The owner is simply asking to not be forced to take part and fund something he is against because of religious beliefs.
If you still feel Hobby Lobby should be forced to provide birth control in the insurance they mostly pay for, then you should also agree that vegan restaurants can be forced to sell meat to customers that FULLY pay for the product. If not, I’m sorry, you’re just a hypocrite.
You may not like it… but it’s just the Grim Truth.