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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HobbyLobby hypocrisy

The recent full-page paid ad from Hobby Lobby-Mardel Stores printed in the Albuquerque Journal, the Peoria Journal Star, the Valdosta Daily Times, and other newspapers on July Fourth is a bunch of hooey.

The corporation has a right to publicize their viewpoint (in print or otherwise) and they appear to be accountable only to their stockholders, while pretending to be accountable to some non-existent diety. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but it also states that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion'. This Constitutional provision is often violated by religionists.

There are at least three major failures displayed by Hobby Lobby-Mardel's grandstanding paid ad:

»» The first failure has to do with the Judeo-Xian Ten Commandments, which include the instruction "Thou shalt not bear false witness", i.e. don't lie. Thus the dunderhead executives at Hobby Lobby-Mardel prove themselves to be hypocrites.

»» As to the second failure, there is no requirement to be fair and balanced in paid ads, so here are a few quotations that the Hobby Lobby-Mardel ad failed to include:

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.” — Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

“Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” — Ronald Reagan [1911-2004] {during a speech at Temple Hillel in Valley Stream, New York - 26 October 1984}

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof', thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” — Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] {in the 'Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association', 1 January 1802}

“The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” - Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, which was unanimously ratified by the U.S. Senate on 7 June 1797 and signed by President John Adams.

»» Thirdly, Hobby Lobby-Mardel intentionally offends Native American, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, wiccan, Mormon, Seventh day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, and non-religious readers.

Anyone not already boycotting Hobby Lobby-Mardel because of their ill-treatment of employees (especially female employees) now has ample reason to boycott Hobby Lobby-Mardel and never set foot in their stores because of their publicly displayed religious intolerance.

(The battle against ignorance and apathy and magical thinking is a full time job.)

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