Not surprisingly former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Ann Lynch, has a problem with Hobby Lobby’s business practices. She penned a letter to the editor of the New Haven Register which was published on Tuesday, June 25th doing her best to turn the public against the retailer which just located to an area town. Her beef is with their closed on Sundays and health insurance coverage policies.
I don’t know if she misunderstands the American concepts of religious liberty and the freedoms associated with private business ownership, or if it’s her activist mindset which makes her complaints so disconnected.
She tries to frame her issues with Hobby Lobby as one trying to protect victims. Hobby Lobby’s employees aren’t victims of their employer.
Any employer is not obligated to violate their conscience for the happiness of their employees. Hobby Lobby and any other businesses recruit workers by offering a combination of wages and benefits. These are made known prior to the interviewee saying (voluntarily), “I’ll take the job”. If Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to pay for abortion inducing drugs or birth control pills (Tri-Sprintec and Sprintec which can be obtained at Target pharmacies for as little as $9 per month with no health insurance) then that was a condition of employment. If they aren’t required to provide health insurance at all, how can you assert what must be covered if they freely choose to offer it in the first place?
Moreover, it never ceases to amaze me when people — well to do people — complain about the wages of entry level, low skill jobs (no advanced education or specialized skill required) as if these jobs are supposed to pay more than they do. These jobs are not intended to support families with their wages even if people use them as primary employment. They are supplemental income and stepping stone jobs, not careers. It should be expected that one would eventually move on or move up to a higher paying job.
Nothing productive comes from demonizing a business which employs people in an economy where the number of people without work is at an all time high.
I submitted a version of this post to the opinion editor of the New Haven Register.