Boston Beer Company Omits “Creator” in Decl. of Independence Ad

ABC News is reporting outrage against Boston Beer Company, which owns Samuel Adams, for omitting part of the Declaration of Independence that mentions the “Creator” in a July 4th advertisement.

In the advertisement, an actor states, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Except, the actual Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator…”

The Boston Beer Company is defending their omission of “Creator” on grounds of keeping with specific codes of their trade group, The Beer Institute, which represents 2,800 breweries.

ABC News reports this statement from a Boston Beer Company spokeswoman: “We adhere to an advertising code, established by the Beer Institute – a beer industry trade organization – that states, ‘Beer advertising and marketing materials should not include religion or religious themes.’ We agree with that, and we follow these guidelines and approach our marketing with the utmost responsibility.”

Many people took to Sam Adams Facebook page to express heated opinions. In a post, a Facebook user wrote, “I guess I should not be surprised that a company, interested only in profit, would rewrite American history for commercial gain. However, abusers of history will no longer receive any of my money to support their censorsed [sic] advertising campaigns.”

Is it appropriate to change a national document to follow a code? Does such a code even hold precedence over one of the most important documents in our country? If people start changing our country’s documents in ads, where will it go from there?

These are the questions we should ask and discuss.

Obamacare Loses Against Hobby Lobby, For Now

The Denver AP reports that Hobby Lobby will not have to pay millions in fines, at this time, for not providing birth control coverage to employees. The case will continue to battle in lower courts, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Hobby Lobby could continue with their case without paying fines that were scheduled to issue on July 1.

Hobby Lobby originally sued on grounds of religious violation, as the founder and CEO David Green and his family do not agree with a birth control mandate issued by the federal government.

The judge had these words to say, “Sincerely religious persons could find a connection between the exercise of religion and the pursuit of profit… Would an incorporated kosher butcher really have no claim to challenge a regulation mandating non-kosher butchering practices?”

The U.S. Department of Justice has argued that opposing birth control coverage is a way for Hobby Lobby to impose religious beliefs on its employees.

For now, the case will return to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, which originally ruled against the company’s religious exemption request.

We’ll discuss more on this story on an upcoming podcast. Stay tuned.