The government can label Hobby Lobby and Mardel secular only by ignoring “that the companies exercise religion in obvious and significant ways,” the company's lawyers wrote.
In the lawsuit, the Hobby Lobby owners describe themselves as “committed evangelical Christians.”
The company's owners complain the regulations would force religiously motivated business owners like themselves “to violate their faith under threat of millions of dollars in fines.”
Hobby Lobby has more than 13,000 full-time employees in more than 500 stores, which are closed on Sundays in keeping with the owners' beliefs.
The government responded that the Greens want to block regulations intended to give women access at no cost to approved contraceptive methods “that medical experts have deemed necessary for women's health and well-being.”
The company, in its reply, noted that the owners don't object to all forms of contraception, just “a handful of drugs and devices that cause abortions.”
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The government cannot label people or organizations as ‘secular' or ‘religious' and grant or withhold freedom accordingly. The law simply protects the exercise of religion — whether the Greens practice it in their church, in their home, or in running their business.”
Hobby Lobby's attorneys