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George Takei Promotes Hobby Lobby Boycott Over SCOTUS Ruling

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The Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing companies like Hobby Lobby not to cover contraception compelled openly gay actor George Takei to support a boycott against it and other companies that choose “to impose [their] religious beliefs on... employees.”

In part, Takei’s blog post reads:

… As Justice Ginsberg’s stinging dissent pointed out, companies run by Scientologists could refuse to cover antidepressants, and those run by Jews or Hindus could refuse to cover medications derived from pigs (such as many anesthetics, intravenous fluids, or medications coated in gelatin)… one wonders whether the case would have come out differently if a Muslim-run chain business attempted to impose Sharia law on its employees.

As many have pointed out, Hobby Lobby is the same company that invests in Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals, makers of abortion inducing-drugs and the morning after pill. It also buys most of its inventory from China, where forced abortions are common. The hypocrisy is galling.  

… Once the law starts permitting exceptions based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” there’s no end to the mischief and discrimination that will ensue. Indeed, this is the same logic that certain restaurants and hotels have been trying to deploy to allow proprietors to refuse service to gay couples.

We are a nation that respects religious beliefs, but also the right not to have those beliefs imposed upon you by others…

While we work to overturn this decision by legislation, people of good conscious should BOYCOTT any for-profit business, including Hobby Lobby, which chooses to impose its religious beliefs on its employees.

The only way such companies ever learn to treat people with decency and tolerance is to hit them where it counts–in their pocketbooks. I won’t be shopping there, and women everywhere should exercise their right of protest and refuse to shop there as well.

In related news, Twitter users have begun skewering Hobby Lobby’s win by using the #DrHobbyLobby hashtag to ask the company ironic questions about women’s health.

The feminist blog Jezebel also has a list of 82 other companies and organizations that oppose health care coverage for birth control.

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  1. Truthfully -- they have no products which would bring me in their doors anyway, but I fully support the call for boycott. You tell 'em, George!

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jul 2, 2014 10:59:01 AM


  2. Too late for a boycott.

    The Supreme Court has declared women's health needs can be decided by corporations.

    Even if Hobby Lobby reverses its bigotry the damage is done.

    The proper target for disgust is those 5 corporate-pig judges in the Supreme Court.

    What a pack of evil f***ers.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 2, 2014 11:13:38 AM


  3. Wow, election year rhetoric is taking on a special blend of crazy this year. The HL ruling is largely unenforceable because there is no market for these boutique insurance plans and many are outlawed by state law, which was not part of the lawsuit. The right was hoping the HL case would give the court a second chance to strike down all of Obamacare, but they lost that by a mile. There are also plenty of employees that don't want to pay extra for insurance they don't want or need, but their company plans force them too. I guess they don't count when talking about "forcing" employees to do x or y.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 2, 2014 11:14:12 AM


  4. Go ahead and boycott Hobby Lobby. That just means more products on the shelf for folks like myself, and less needing to wait in line. Thanks!

    Posted by: Jon | Jul 2, 2014 11:16:49 AM


  5. Their products are over-priced anyway. Only an obvious troll like Jon would shop there.

    Posted by: ok-then | Jul 2, 2014 11:39:15 AM


  6. What I really admire about George Takei is that he's so clear about everything.

    Posted by: Albert | Jul 2, 2014 11:41:50 AM


  7. there's a hobby lobby 1/4 mile from my home, been inside once. boycott on!

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 2, 2014 11:44:23 AM


  8. There are many valid arguments against this ruling. One that I'm not seeing much, and one that has even more disturbing ramifications has to do with whose money this really is. Holly Hobby successfully claimed that they did not want to pay for something they didn't agree with for religious reasons. But, is Holly Hobby really paying for anything? Insurance is a benefit. Legally, it is essentially the same thing as cash. Employees earn the benefit. The government has an established right to determine minimum compensation (minimum wage). The funds used to purchase the insurance actually belong to the employees. This ruling allows Holly Hobby to direct how funds are used after they have been earned. In effect this is no different then an employer handing you a paycheck and then adding a list of ways you can and cannot your money.

    Posted by: Marshall | Jul 2, 2014 12:03:09 PM


  9. And we care about some c list actor because?

    Posted by: Lee | Jul 2, 2014 12:31:19 PM


  10. Hobby Lobby AND Conestoga.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 2, 2014 1:17:15 PM


  11. Because he's a national treasure.

    It's the opposite of how nobody would care about you because you're an anonymous hateful troll on the internet.

    But hey, be bitter. It's so becoming.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 2, 2014 1:22:16 PM


  12. LOL @ "Jon" & "Lee": Monosyllabic intellect.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jul 2, 2014 1:31:41 PM


  13. How stupid is hobby lobby? Don't they know that 98.5% of their glitter sales is directly due to drag queens? Good Lord knows, no one should be pissing off any drag queens! Millions of dollars of lost revenue... Game on boycott!

    Posted by: Phil | Jul 2, 2014 3:22:29 PM


  14. How about boycotting any insurance company that would dare issue a policy with such an exclusion?

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jul 2, 2014 6:22:28 PM


  15. the ruling discriminates against atheists like myself because it doesn't allow us to discriminate against anyone. All the religious dudes get to asses but I don't? That's discrimination/

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 2, 2014 9:41:06 PM


  16. All Hobby Lobby products are made in China where family & children are of little value to them.. HobbyLobby buys cheap sells big & are hypocrites, if they valued family values & loved the USA as much as they tout they would buy only products made in the USA..

    Posted by: Pat D. | Jul 3, 2014 11:21:46 AM


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