I’ve been reading up on Hobby Lobby and the supreme court decision in the US. Despite the fact I live in Sweden, and my healthcare is funded from taxes, this is a decision that will have direct impact on my life. Thanks to internet and a low percentage of swedish christians this will shape the general swedish perception of christianity, more than the swedish churches do.
However, the more important reason is that this is my responsibility. You could argue that a swedish artist is not to blame for what a collection of elderly men thinks is morally right. And that’s correct, but since they are calling themselves christian I have to handle this, simply because we’re in the same sandbox.
When I read through the argumentation around the case I understand those who turn their backs not only on christianity but on religion in general. But the fact that Hobby Lobby can win this, without the company and the supreme court being raided by an angry mob with pitchforks, means that this case must be met with religious argumentation. Not from one person, from a legion of persons of faith. Partly because the owners of Hobby Lobby identifies as christians, partly because their support, customers and social environment, probably identifies as christian too. If you argue from another sandbox your argument counts as less.
This is a question of women’s right, it is a question of wellfare and it is a question of money. I’ve seen many brilliant arguments from these three angles, but I have yet to stumble upon the christian angle. Hopefully this is because my main interests are comics and indieauthors, not US law and politics. However, since I profoundly believe in any person’s right to believe in whatever s/he likes (ie. I can’t ask anyone to become christian just for the cause of arguing against Hobby Lobby), and since I am christian with some ministerial training – hey, even more responsibility falls on me to speak up.