With Wednesday’s rejection of an emergency stay of that federal health care law by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Tuesday.
“They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”
As for the potential fines, Duncan said, “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Well, there you go. Their argument is that it goes against the family's beliefs to include birth control coverage in their plan. I confess that I don't really understand that. Do they expect all of their employees to share those beliefs? If they don't, are they fired? Do they cover maternity benefits for single mothers who become pregnant while working there, or are they fired, too? Since when is it a requirement that employees share employers' beliefs?
As long as we're talking religious freedom here, shall we ask Hobby Lobby whether they screen all potential employees before hiring to see if their beliefs align with their future corporate master?
I hope the government levies that penalty immediately, if not sooner.