The perfect as the enemy of the good?
ROS at Victory Girls argues that Hobby Lobby, far from being principled martyrs against the onslaught of a tyrannical government that has determined that religious freedom doesn’t apply to individuals, is instead a den of capitalist hypocrites who need be exposed for their posturing perfidy:
Oh, sweet, sweet Hobby Lobby, holder of my heart AND my wallet…………….drop the hypocritical outrage.
[...] when I peruse the gilt aisles of cupcake wrappers and floral ribbon, heed the call of the ink on Stationery Row, submit to the siren’s call of the windchimes, I notice but one thing now that Hobbity Lobbity has decided to bellow their outrage at The Man:
THIS SHIT’S MADE IN CHINA!
Yeah, THAT China, the commie pinko land of the forced abortions (13 million abortions in China last year, peeps), where 500 women commit suicide daily, the enrollment of girls in school is ranked 107th worldwide, wages of women is 25% lower than those of men, where religion and speech are governmentally controlled, Han are treated as less-then-equal (to state it mildly), and the list goes on.
But let’s focus on the abortions in China, since that directly correlates to Hobbity Lobbity’s perceived violation of their Christian principles.
An estimated 13,000,000 annually, more than half of which are forced as a result of prenatal sex selection due to the mportance placed on male babies. Mandatory periodic pregnancy tests. Mandatory vaginal palpation of rural women’s vaginas to make sure they hadn’t recently given birth. Government-forced sterilization for violation of the One-Child Policy. Mandatory IUD insertion after the first child, with mandatory sterilization if a second is born. Teachers lose retirement benefits for birth quota violatons. Again, the list goes on.
Oddly, that doesn’t prevent Hobby Lobby from obtaining their merchandise from such a country. Awkward…..
So, if you, Hobby Lobby, want to piss and moan that the government is acting out of bounds constitutionally in requiring that you provide certain insurance or be fined, fine. I can and do agree with that. Please, don’t act like your “principles” and “religion” are being violated, however.
To that I say, Cut the shit, hypocrites. It’s about your wallet, not principle.
This is precisely the kind of argument that I suspect will resonate with those predisposed to shudder at public piety, largely as it’s represented by social conservatives. To which my answer is this: I’ll stand with the company that stands up to OUR government. Hobby Lobby has no control over the Chinese government, and the fact that w/o Chinese-made products they couldn’t compete in the marketplace is a reality of today’s retail business. And I don’t look at each Chinese-built DVD player as emblematic of gulags or abortions. I look at those as emblems of global trade.
Hell, China buys up our debt. Are we as Constitutional conservatives hypocrites for demanding our natural rights simply by dint of living in a country being right now buoyed economically by a police state?
We’re left with this: in order to be pure of any taint — like a willingness to trade with countries whose absence of religious conviction, or differences in religious belief from those of evangelicals, leads them to behave in certain ways — they must surrender their business entirely.
Which is a form of economic suicide. Suicide being a sin.
But all cheekiness aside, this argument raises an important issue: since when is it just as bad, belief-wise, to refuse to contribute to the active assault on your faith by your own government — which is forcing you to contribute to the abortion industry — as it is to do nothing at all with respect to other governments?
That is to say, is a desire to save some unborn children in keeping with the precepts of your faith, and relying on a Constitutional protection that you are guaranteed, really the kind of hypocrisy that should either bother us or cause us to cast aspersions at those who are taking a principled stand for religious freedom here, where they have the ability and resources to do so?
Or to put it another way, is Hobby Lobby’s good really the enemy of the perfect?
Because if this truly were all about profit and not principle, losing $1.3 million a day in fines suggests to me that Hobby Lobby is doing the whole profit thing wrong.