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LA MESA -- A couple of weeks ago La Mesa Today carried an article about a new business in La Mesa - Hobby Lobby. The first comment about the article called Hobby Lobby "woman hating bigots" and advocated boycotting the store.
I presume this comment was made because Hobby Lobby claims their religious beliefs argue against four of the 20 types of birth control proscribed by Obamacare - and thus the company "only" includes 16 types in the company health plan. I also oppose making it mandatory that birth control be included in all medical plans. My opposition is not religious. I simply object to requiring taxpayers to pay for someone else's birth control.
I suppose that makes me a "woman hating bigot" too - maybe worse since I oppose making any of the 20 forms of birth control a mandatory part of all health plans. I wonder what words the person who called Hobby Lobby (and me) "woman hating bigots", over this relatively minor difference of opinion, would use to describe someone who believes in female genital mutilation, or arranged marriages or that women should not be educated, or that they should be stoned to death for adultery.
I wonder why the blogger needed to use such angry, over the top, hateful rhetoric to challenge someone who disagrees with them about a relatively minor issue. What happened to tolerance and thoughtful discussion? I had a Mother, and still have a wife, two sisters, two daughters, three daughters-in-law and five granddaughters. I love them all and they love me. I don't know how each of them feels about this issue, but I guarantee you that even if we are of differing opinions, none would consider me a woman hating bigot. I don't know anyone who owns or works for Hobby Lobby, but I'll bet they love their families - men and women - as much as I love mine.
I want to leave a better country to the women I mentioned above (and to the men in my family as well). Knee jerk, over-the-top, hateful name calling won't get us there. Tolerance of differing opinions and civilized dialogue about those differences might.