*regardless of your personal, religious beliefs or absence thereof, the double standard of the Federal government in important social, economic, and moral issues, in this case, the less-than-affectionately-labled “Obama-care”, must be brought to the forefront. Unfortunately, mainstream media, for the most part, has failed to report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…or both sides of the story for that matter. Anyway…from the CEO of the Hobby Lobby corporation:
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago , we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word.
From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states . Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles.
The first two goals of our business are:
(1) To run our business in harmony with God’s laws
(2) To focus on people more than money.
That’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can be with their families at night. We do not open on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can have a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and He has blessed us and our employees.
We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage. But now, our government threatens to change all of that. The government healthcare mandate says that our family business must provide what I believe are “abortion-causing” drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million per day in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right.
I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it will not exempt them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go to court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.
My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.
David Green is the CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious beliefs
They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
Since you will not see this covered in any of the media, please pass