Hobby Lobby is known for its Christian principles – and this family-friendly store is often frequented by Christians.
But when they refused to let one of their employees who “identifies” as a “transgender” use the bathroom of his choice – he decided to take them to court.
Instead of dismissing the case – an Illinois court actually sided with the employee – and you won’t believe how they forced Hobby Lobby to respond.
The court determined Hobby Lobby was violating the Illinois Human Rights Act by not allowing their male employee to use the women’s restroom.
Of course, they couldn’t care less about all the women who would feel uncomfortable with a man using the bathroom stall next to them…
… apparently their rights don’t matter – only the “rights” of this man are important.
In a ridiculous ruling, the court forced Hobby Lobby to pay $220,000 to the employee (who now uses the name “Meggan Sommerville”) for his “emotional distress.”
What’s even more outrageous is Hobby Lobby offered the employee the chance to use a unisex restroom – but that wasn’t good enough for him.
According to the court, offering a “transgender” the use of a unisex bathroom is still seen as discrimination.
The Christian Post reported:
“Hobby Lobby’s provision of a unisex bathroom available to all employees and customers cannot cure its unequal treatment of Sommerville with respect to the women’s bathroom,” the court maintained.
“If every employee and customer except Sommerville may use either the unisex bathroom or the bathroom corresponding to their sex, but Sommerville’s choices are limited to the unisex bathroom or a bathroom that does not correspond to her sex, Hobby Lobby is still discriminating unlawfully.”
Talk about an injustice.
And because he felt “emotional distress” by not being allowed to use the women’s restroom – he just won $220,000.
If there was ever any question on how low our society has fallen – this incident tells it all.
Hobby Lobby is used to feeling pressure for their traditional views, and they are hated for them by those who hate God.
During the 4th of July, their marketing ad caused massive pushback by atheists for even mentioning God’s name.
None of this should come as a surprise.
Our culture has rejected God – even defies Him willingly – so it makes sense they embrace darkness and a perverse way of living.
More and more Christians will be forced to pay fines for holding true to their values, and likely many places (such as small business owners) won’t be able to pay them – and so they’ll collapse and shut down.
We must continue to pray for our society to repent and return to God.
He has promised to remain faithful to those who turn from their wicked ways and embrace Him and His teachings.
And as for us Christians, we must continue to be the salt and light to a dying world and point them to Jesus however we can.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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