EDMOND, Okla. – A group of about 30 to 40 people gathered outside the Edmond Hobby Lobby Monday night in protest of the Supreme Court’s decision saying Hobby Lobby did not have to provide contraceptives to its employees because it violated the company’s religious beliefs.
The impromptu gathering was organized by Faithful America, a national non-profit group who recruited a local retired Baptist minister to lead a prayer vigil outside the store.
“There are many of us Baptists, as well as other Christians, who believe that religious liberty rights are something inviolable for individuals and not for corporations,” said Dr. Bruce Powell.
Powell wants people to know that not all Christians are thrilled with the Supreme Court decision.
“There are a lot of Christians and denominations that are opposed to what the Supreme Court has done,” said Dr. Powell.
“If religious beliefs can trump employees’ rights in this case, what’s next?” said Martha Skeeters, who showed up at the vigil.
“The right of religious liberty is a fundamental human right. Corporations are legal constructs. They are not human beings,” said Dr. Powell.
However, many were rejoicing after the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby.
“I think it’s wonderful. I admire Hobby Lobby and Mr. Green and his staff for just really staying in there and fighting for us,” said customer, Gladys Collison.
The Green family put out a statement on YouTube.
“We are truly thankful for a decision that allowed us to continue operating our family business according to our principles,” said Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby.
Members of the group that gathered outside the store Monday night say they will push for a constitutional amendment that makes it clear the rights of first amendment liberties pertain to humans and not corporations.