This month we're most likely going to find out the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, or as we like to refer to it around here the "Are we going to have unwanted children we cannot afford case." I do not have the best of feelings, so I think it might be best to prepare in case half of America loses rights over their bodies to their employer. I have an idea, let's jam these fuckers:
One of my friends that I met before I left my last terrible home, introduced me to culture jamming. I like to think of culture jamming as a means for people to respond to the culture of consumerism. It is kind of like jamming a radio, but you use existing culture to jam a project of consumerism you do not like. You've probably seen this flag at your more conscientiously aware pot dealers' places:
Well, you can thank the people at Adbusters for this thing, though others have dealt with the topic as well. I like this idea, and I want to use it in the various wars we have here in the Homefront, but our current wars at home are not just a cultural debate. They are debates about class and classes: protected classes of people, classes of wealth, classes of students. So I don't want to just culture jam Hobby Lobby, I want to class jam them.
I want to hit them right where it hurts: they're pocketbook. Here is how, and I think any of our brave brothers or sisters could take to the streets and really jam Hobby Lobby. Let me explain:
NPR does a good job of explaining some of the basics of this very murky situation: After a terrible decision by SCOTUS (hard to believe —I know) about a case in Oregon where the court ruled against some Native American's rights to use peyote in religious practices, congress freaked and in 1993 passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This law says that there has to be a very good reason to deny somebody religious freedom. Hobby Lobby's court case could be construed as saying: "Women having control over their bodies in a way analogous to others is not good enough of a reason to have the state step in and protect this class from discrimination." Okay, yeah, that is horrible and the worst, but if that is the lay of the land —I guess, let's use what we have. If bodily autonomy is not reason enough to protect a class of people from others' religious ideas, I cannot believe that power over inanimate objects is worth discriminating against another's religious beliefs:
Luke18:22: Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Mathew 19:21: Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Let's class jam with our totally, really, held in good faith beliefs. If they are going to take away bodily autonomy in the name of Christ, let's help them pass through the eye of a needle and really live in the steps of Christ. As people come through the check-out, imagine that Christian employee notices how the customers are old or sick or poor. Well, it's time to exercise the rights granted to that employee under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and give all of these possessions in Hobby Lobby (over which they are presently in charge by the nature of their job) to the poor. All of it. Maybe sell it all for a cheap rate and give that cash to a homeless man, or maybe give the materials to poor people. I imagine a mix of the two would be Christlike. He seemed kind of pragmatic before St. Paul got his hands on writing the history.
Maybe if there were some brave employee, others would see the stupidity of the laws that are allowing Hobby Lobby to wage its war on women. All we need is one person to make splash or a few to make a wave. Let's apply. Let's jam, and if you've got any other ideas for jamming... let's talk in the comments. Give them the raspberries!