Quick refresher course: Arts and crafts chain Hoppy Lobby, which is owned by the Oklahoma City-based Green family, was one of two companies that wound up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court four years ago when it refused on religious grounds to cover contraceptive services for its employees.
As ABC News reported at the time on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, “the Supreme Court said . . . that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act,” since the act’s mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
(Unsurprising sidebar: It was, of course, Justice Anthony Kennedy who provided the swing vote in the 5-4 decision.)
Now, presumably swollen with newborns, Hobby Lobby has resumed its Bible thumping with this full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald.
The ad is a mishmash of God-and-Country quotes from Presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, etc. Representative sample:
The apparent objective, beyond bridging the Church-State divide, is to tout the company’s Ministry Projects, which donate to “several charities and organizations that the Green family has selected based on each charity’s specific needs and mission.”
Interestingly, the ad did not run in today’s Boston Globe.
Your conclusions go here.