Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Hobby Lobby Makes a Stand Against Abortion

Wow, I'm so amazed by Hobby Lobby's stand.... you can read more here.

Even if you are not a Christian it is important to know what things are hiding in Obama Care. Everyone should read this! A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.


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. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy 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. A new government health care 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 won't 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 running into 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.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.


David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.


Sooooo, on January 5th there was a call for families to go and support Hobby Lobby. We did!  We bought a sweet rocket and engine.  Its gonna be fun to launch it. 

We are so proud of you, Hobby Lobby, for making a stand against having to provide your employees the morning after pill.  Let God be true & every man a liar.


Anonymous said...

You'd prefer that the country be overrun with unwanted children,which would then max out our social services?


Virginia Revoir said...

Well, ideally it would be better to save sex for marriage and have children then. However, we live in a sinful world and it should not be up to Christians and companies to pay for them to murder. If you want to make private donations to help murderous companies then you can. No president should ever force a company to pay for people's abortions. This is a free country which also means freedom of religion. Do not force Christians to provide abortions. You are making us choose between God and man: who to obey. A true Christian knows we ultimately will stand before God, not Obama.

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

I love how people who want to disagree with such a nasty tone are almost always "anonymous."

Also love? How s/he says we will be "overrun with unwanted children" as though they were puppies.

My taxes go for wars and programs I don't believe in. If Obamacare is a tax (and the Supreme Court has ruled that it is), then HL doesn't really have a legal leg to stand on. I don't like it either, but there it is.

I also dislike Rush Limbaugh, but he's right about one thing: we're basically paying so that people can go off and have as much sex as they like with no responsibility at all.

Actually? I'm more concerned about the attitude of entitlement that fosters than the fornication itself. We can't legislate morality but doggone it do we have to *reward* immorality financially? I'm thinking no, not if voters have a moral conscience.

God save America, doesn't look like they do based on the results of the last election. Not that the Republicans had much better offerings. :(

Virginia Revoir said...

Wow, I agree with you 100%. I also agree about election. I wasn't too crazy about what Republicans offered either. Phooey. But heck, I wasn't gonna vote for Obama. ;P.

Avital said...

The morning after pill does not cause abortions. It prevents ovulation. If ovulation has already occurred, it does nothing, just like if you get pregnant while on the pill if you miss a day or two of the pill and you ovulate.

While it's nice that you are attempting to show support to Christian company, it looks to me like Hobby Lobby just doesn't want to provide health insurance to its employees and is using birth control as an excuse. It makes me sad.

BekLovesJeremy said...

Hobby Lobby provides insurance now and still wants to, just without paying for abortions. Really don't know why that is such a huge deal to people. It's call religious liberty. No one is stopping people from buying the morning after pill. Christians just don't want to pay for something that goes against our convictions. Pretty simple really. I'm happy to see them standing up for truth. Sad to see so many people upset about it.

Anonymous said...

Your blog, your opinion.

I just happen to have a different one.

Didn't think I was nasty about voicing it, but then again - anything that doesn't agree with the original post is going to come across as nasty, and not farting rainbows.

So be it.

Virginia Revoir said...

Avital, thank you for coming on my blog and taking the time to comment. :)

If you have a chance please go to the top of my blog and do a search The Truth About Birth Control. If you then scroll down pick the post with that exact title. Most people don't know that birth control works several ways. It does not always prevent ovulation. It has a back up. You can still get pregnant but your lining is made thin so the baby cannot attach to the lining. This is why I will never use any chemical form of birth control. The IUD is even worse.

Hobby Lobby already provides insurance. They just don't want to provide abortions.