Hobby Lobby was not the only company to bring the contraceptive mandate to court

Bigoted CompaniesWhile the Hobby Lobby case has garnered the most fame, there were 100 lawsuits filed in total challenging the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The National Organization for Women list the Dirty 100 on its website. Here are five of the most bigoted companies:

1. Barron Industries

A Michigan company, Barron’s owners are not shy about their faith. They have an on-site chapel and hold an optional mass for their employees or any customers that might want to partake in their religion. Their lawyer believes that through the ACA, President Obama has “declared war on the Catholic Church.” Even though the ACA specifically exempted religious organizations from the mandate. The religious right, using painfully twisted logic, is making a case for their unhappiness at having to recognize the rights of women.

2. Eden Foods

Eden foods is based in Clinton, Michigan, and serves up organic brands such as American Soy Products, Sobaya, and Eden Organic Products. The devout Christian founder and CEO is so concerned with everyone’s 1st Amendment Rights that this post is pinned to the top of the company’s Facebook page:

We ask that you know and respect Eden Foods’ and Facebook’s Terms of Use. We request civility amongst all users. This space is intended to be a forum for our friends and supporters to engage with Eden Foods on relevant industry and food related news and information. We take exception to grotesque mischaracterizations and mean spirited comments. Harassment and inappropriate language towards other Facebook users will be removed and may be reported to Facebook. Unrelated comments or those found to violate terms of use can and may be deleted.

Apparently, the CEO feels that he has a right to call President Obama a dictator, but no one may call out his company on its refusal to provide women with a choice. Feel free to visit Eden’s Facebook page for more on its product line and tell them how you feel while you’re there.

3.  Triune Health Group

Triune was one of the first companies to file a lawsuit demanding that its devoted Christian husband and wife founders not be forced to “supply employee health insurance coverage for abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations.” Ironically, Triune was voted, pre-lawsuit, one of Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s “Best Places to Work for Women.” “Respecting and fostering the feminine genius makes both business and common sense,” says Mary Anne Yep, co-founder. Respect ‘em right up until they want to take control of their reproductive systems.

4. WLH Enterprises/Seneca Hardwood Lumber

Owned by Wayne L. Helper, also a devout Catholic, WLH/Seneca objected to providing birth control to its employees. Mr. Helper has 13 children, is anti-abortion, runs a Catholic retreat house, and was once a board member for the Couple to Couple League, a natural family planning group. And with 13 children Mr. Helper and his wife must be really bad with the math required for natural family planning. 13 children? Poor Mrs. Helper.

5. SMA LLC

Excerpt from the lawsuit: The Breys are brothers who each own 50% of the Company. They are both Roman Catholic. They both hold sincere religious beliefs based on the Roman Catholic Catechism which statesabortion willed as an end or as a means, is a ‘criminal’ practice” and which states “direct sterilization” and “contraception” are morally unacceptable…The HHS Mandate to the Breys is sinful and immoral.

 

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. I think this needs to be fact checked: Eden foods is based in Clinton, Michigan, and serves up organic brands such as Annie’s, Bob’s Red Mill, and Amy’s. A quick look up does not find any connection with these three companies to Eden.

  2. The right wingnut Supreme bigots have opened the door for every religious organization, every corporation that wants to refuse health care to women, every person who thinks they can make a buck from this ruling. Personally I think it’s time that 5 of the court need to step down as ignorant traitors against the Constitution. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, separation of Church and State, they have stepped over the boundary into what our forefathers fought to free us from.

    • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment, U.S. Constitution.

      • “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, 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. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from presenting even occasional performances of devotion presented indeed legally where an Executive is the legal head of a national church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” Excerpt of “Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists – The Final Letter, as Sent on January 1, 1802”.

        • The SCOTUS has interpreted the Establishment Clause as meaning the government should not engage in acts favoring or limiting religion, but stay out of it. Had the current court majority followed jurist prudence, they would have found the Act of Congress in question to be unconstitutional.

  3. Wait until the other religions scream. Some don’t believe in blood transfusions. Others don’t believe in doctors. You name it. Some people don’t believe in transfusions, shots, et al. Where is it going to end? They will all be coddled by the SCROTUM. The President needs to sign an executive order to stop this madness.

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