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Jonathan Merritt discusses Hobby Lobby’s China dealings on CNN

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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal. Jonathan is author of "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined" and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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  • Did you drop the mic after that final comment? Like a line you’ve been rehearsing for months, get the perfect set up, and nail it. Even without that final comment, you did a great job through the entire interview. Wish they had someone with an opposing view on with you. Keep telling the truth, Jonathan!

  • Aren’t you a little hypocritical for not attacking companies like Apple who make iPads in China? Are you calling for the entire US business community to not do business with China? Or would you be happy to let Hobby Lobby buy stuff made in China as long as they subsidized killing embryos?
    Hobby Lobby does not object to including contraceptives in its health plan, it is objecting to medications and devices that are designed to prevent implantation of a fertilized ovum, a new human being with a unique DNA genome.
    A closely held corporation, whose stock is owned by a person or family, is just an alter ego for the individual owners and managers, and they have as much right to direct its operations, and apply their moral sense to that, as if it were a sole proprietorship or a partnership. This is not a publicly traded company on a stock exchange, whose ownership could pass to a bunch of pro-abortion members of NARAL if they just came up with the money to buy the stock.

    Liberals are such hypocrites. They objected vehemently when companies were buying stuff from South africa, such as gold and diamonds. When some companies voted to join a boycott of South Africa, they thought it was great. but for a company to boycott abortifacients is not allowed. Basically liberals want anyone who disagrees with them to be silenced.

  • Jonathan you should really rethink your opinion on the evils of U.S. companies buying goods from China. The Chinese people have had improvements in their lives since we have begun to manufacture more and more products in China. Has it been a significant or great as we have desired? No. But you wrote that there are cities with a minimum wage today in China and they have brought more flexibility to their one child law. These are improvements! This is not a perfect world and China will not change more drastically until they have laws that recognize the dignity of every person made in the image of God and the importance of freedom, but their lives are improving. Maybe the best way to improve the lives of the Chinese is to have Christian business men and women work side by side with them on a daily basis and show them Christian principles in their business dealings. Also, I just can’t imagine reading Jesus say, “Go with a Roman soldier for two miles if they demand of you one, but don’t buy Roman products because they persecute you and build their empire through bloodshed and slavery.” Don’t call the owners of hypocrites for buying products in China, something you have no support for in Scripture. Christians are to be in the world, even in China, and not of the world, so this means that we don’t live like them as we interact with them.

  • Actually all liberals really want is for a company who claims they wont support abortificiants by paying for them would just apply their “religious beliefs” by buying products made in the USA or ANY other country that doesnt force their women to get abortions every day. But they cannot have it both ways and between not covering the morning after pill and buying cheap merchandise from China, the only thing these people worship is money.

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