So I am driving yesterday and hear a story on NPR about how some investigative effort uncovered the fact that Hobby Lobby’s pension fund has a small investment in a company that owns a company that makes some of the drugs and devices that are the cause of Hobby Lobby wanting an exemption from paying for through the government health care plan. My first thought was, “Ooooooh! That’s not good.”
Now, the thing about NPR is that they always brag (here I am going to do the same thing that I am accusing them of doing) about how they just report the news, they have no agenda. They like to drag this statement out particularly during fund raising time. It may even be that they believe it. But I do not believe it; this segment being one example of why. The questions being asked by the interviewer were so incredibly leading as to be humorous. “So do you think that Hobby Lobby is being hypocritical? Do you think they know and don’t care?” The idea is to place Hobby Lobby in as negative a light as possible. If this were a court of law I would think some wise lawyer would stand up and say, “Objection your Honor. Leading the witness!” If they were really interested in just reporting facts, a better question for the interviewee who can have any opinion they want would be, “What do you think this means about Hobby Lobby?” or some such thing. There were a few more underhanded and double standard tactics that they took that really made me steam the inside of my windshield, but that’s for another day.
An interesting questions that keeps coming up however is can a corporation have religion? NPR would say, “Of course they can’t.” Adam’s Ale and its staff, contributors, executive board, foundation, and chaplain (all of whom are me) say, “Of COURSE the can and do.” Our government has religion and right now it wants to pass on that new part of its religion that it holds most dear. (I know I’ve said this before, please put up with me.) There is no such thing as a neutral position. There is no natural state that includes everybody. If you actively remove God from the government, from schools, from business, from public life, from everything outside the four walls of a church, synagogue, or temple, that too constitutes a set of beliefs with its own vision of what man is, his purpose and meaning, what the foundational rules are, its own set of presuppositions, beliefs, and rules that creates its own world view and way of living. That is not some vacuum in which tolerance reigns and we can all get along. If we say, “Okay, Hobby Lobby, as a business you cannot have religion,” what we are really saying is, “You cannot have your religion. You must have ours.”
Everything and everyone has a religion cleverly disguised as a set of beliefs and standards to be imposed in areas they find very important. Right now we are asking the question, “May I exercise my strongly held beliefs in my own house, or does the government have the right to come in and establish its religion.”