During the 2012 Republican presidential primary and general election campaign, Americans learned from various Republicans claiming Christianity informed their policy positions that “lying for the lord” did not violate number nine of the Ten Commandments so long as it helped them garner electoral support. Apparently, godly mendacity is a cherished biblical trait permeating the extremist American evangelical population that Hobby Lobby’s owners have embraced in their pursuit of religious freedom to impose their perverse interpretation of biblical principles on all Americans. According to Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Greens, and the majority of so-called Christians, their demand for comprehensive religious liberty is not about imposing bible dogmata on Americans, or in Hobby Lobby’s case its female employees, but just their constitutional right to circumvent laws they believe restrict their ability to freely exercise religion.
Americans mortified the Supreme Court is going to rule that corporations such as Hobby Lobby are not only people, but people who pray and worship a deity that gives them authority to impose their version of Christianity on their employees and flout any law that offends their religious sensibilities, may remember that the Greens claimed they are only fighting to honor the lord and not push their religion on anyone. It turns out that the Greens are lying about more than just not wanting to impose their religious beliefs on their female employees, they are spending hundreds-of-millions of dollars to push what they claim is the literal and historical truth of the bible on all Americans; including public school students. Besides a pubic-school biblical curriculum, the Greens are funding a giant museum near the Smithsonian as well as traveling public displays and forums teaching American sinners about the devout Christian faith of the Founding Fathers.
Besides building a bible museum near the Mall in Washington with as much space as the National Museum of American History, the Green’s funded an ornate traveling religious exhibit replete with a conceptualized recreation of a Holy Land cave, a “Noah’s Ark experience” for children, and animatronic characters such as William Tyndale burned at the stake for translating the New Testament into English. The Greens also sponsor “scholarly” bible studies and host historically inaccurate forums preaching Christianity’s role in founding America they intend to package for national broadcast. However, the proof they lied about not pushing Christianity on Americans is their multimillion-dollar attempt at bible curriculum intended for every public school in the nation. According to a source close to the Green family, the museum’s cost alone is estimated to be $800-million, and with the public school curriculum and traveling exhibits the family will spend about a billion of their $5 billion-dollar fortune.
The textbook for the first of four year-long public high school theocratic courses presents Adam and Eve as historical figures and “introduces God as ‘faithful and good,’ ‘gracious and compassionate,’ and includes a list of ‘curses for disobeying the Lord’ that warns students of defeat, fever, disaster, and panic in everything you do.” According to Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green speaking at the National Bible Forum last spring, “Our goal is to reintroduce this book to the nation that is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught. We need to know it. And if we don’t know it, our future is going to be very scary.” Steve Green said his dream and goal is for the bible curriculum to become a mandatory course for all high school students in spite of the persistent claim his family is not interested in pushing Christianity on Americans.
The high school curriculum portrays the bible and its mythical cast of characters as historically accurate and unflinching force for good according to the executive director of the international Society of Biblical Literature, John Kutsko. However, Kutsko quite rightly said the Greens’ approach fails miserably to incorporate the latest biblical scholarship or acknowledge that the bible has played a role as a significant tool of oppression like the Christian Right is doing in America, or recognize different religious viewpoints. Kutsko continued that the Green’s bible curriculum is “a simple, superficial, literal reading of the Bible that’s inappropriate both in a public high school and in a private museum that by virtue of being adjacent to the Mall gives the impression that it’s almost a national museum.” The Greens cannot possibly say pushing Christianity on the nation is solely about their, or their corporation’s, religious liberty without lying. A lie is a lie, and lying for the lord no more exonerates them for violating the ninth commandment than their hypocrisy in seeking Supreme Court authority to exercise religious freedom on their female employees that had to have been a revelation from god in 2012.
Prior to 2012 when Hobby Lobby’s owners concluded “religious freedom” meant controlling women’s reproductive health and sought Supreme Court authority to “exercise religious freedom,” they covered most of the disputed methods of contraception in their employees’ health plans they suddenly deemed violated their religious liberty in 2012. The Green family is so righteous and driven to honor the lord in all they do, that they invest in pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and produce IUDs, emergency contraceptives (Plan B etc), and drugs utilized during the performance of abortions their biblical sensibilities claim violate their religious liberty. Apparently, the Green’s have no problem reconciling funding production of contraceptive and abortion drugs with their deep-seated passion to “honor the lord” by appealling to the Supreme Court for religious freedom to control women’s reproductive health choices. It is another in a very long list of instances of evangelical hypocrisy that is a defining characteristic of the extremist Christian movement they justify because it “honors the lord.”
The Green family has not sought the kind of publicity for their near-billion dollar effort to “Christianize” America like they have with their corporate religious freedom case and the reason is clear; it decimates their assertion they have no interest in pushing their religious beliefs on “anyone,” much less their employees. Their hypocrisy in investing in pharmaceutical companies producing the same contraceptives and abortion drugs they claim their religious freedom prohibits their female employees having access to is only exceeded by the lie they are not imposing their religion on those employees. However, now that it is revealed they are willing to spend nearly 20% of their $5 billion fortune to push their religion on Americans with lies about the bible’s veracity as a historical document and key to America’s salvation, especially in public schools, they expose themselves as typical extremist evangelical liars.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.