H/T Kathie M.
Micah 6:8..."to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
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 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 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.
Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass
this on to all your contacts.
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
God bless you and your precious family Bro Green. The devil is working overtime but Praise be to JESUS! Glory be to Almighty God! The devil is defeated and under your feet! Keep your eyes and ears on JESUS! JESUS won't let you down!
Hallelujah! Nothing is impossible when you lay it at the feet of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST! Take hold of JESUS'S hand cause it's gonna be a long bumpey road! But Hallelujah! We know that YOU are victorious!
I have no words to express myself. Prayers are rising at this very moment.
And I am going to blog about this...
Thank you Mr. Green for your Christian principals and many people are praying that your lawsuit is successful. God be with you during these awful times.
If anyone thinks for one minute that this will influence the community organizer in chief it will not.
He would love to see thousands under employed.
He loves playing sugar daddy to the sheeple - this would increase his flock.
I give Hobby Lobby credit to stand up for their rights and stand by GOD not the USSA government...or what's left of it.
I think this info is a little outdated. Hobby Lobby filed this lawsuit in Nov. 2012 and lost. They then appealed the verdict and were refused a temporary injunction. The injunction request was with with the Supreme Court, where Judge Sonia Sotomayor refused tthe temporary injunction against the lower court decision.
“Today’s shocking decision from the 10th Circuit is an utter rebuke of religious freedom. Hobby Lobby now faces fines of up to 1.3 million dollars a day if it’s owners refuse to violate their consciences by paying for and providing abortion-causing drugs for its employees. This is a dereliction of duty of the part of the courts to protect IRS citizens from bureaucratic bullies who care little for the First Amendment,” said Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association, after the appeals court ruling in that case.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a ruling rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request to block the mandate. Judge Heaton said that the company doesn’t qualify for an exemption because it is not a church or religious group.
After a federal court denied a request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against the Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby, it took its HHS mandate lawsuit to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor denied its request to block the mandate and the millions of dollars in fines it will be subjected to starting January 1 for not complying.
Sotomayor said Hobby Lobby did not show it met the legal standard for blocking enforcement on an emergency basis, but said the company can continue with its lawsuit in lower court.
I certainly admire the stance you have taken for it is the right one; the one that represents the true American way! Our government has lost its way but not all of us have thankfully! Those of us whom are Christians too will stand with you and your company. Hobby Lobby is a nice store with wonderful offerings and is a good place to shop!! You treat your employees well and only ask of them what you yourselves have done and are yourselves!!! I will pass your letter on to some who may be able to help and pass the word. God Bless you, your family and all of your employees.....thank you for standing for what is right...God WILL bless you for it too!
When is the government going to realize it is THEY that are breaking the law? They cannot push such on We, the People as that goes against everything we were founded to be...again the government has lost it's way!
WE DO NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEM WHEN THEY ARE HARMING THIS NATION AND WE MUST STAND AGAINST THIS TRASHING OF EVERYTHING DECENT IN AMERICA!!!! IF WE TELL THEM EN-MASS THAT WE WILL NOT PAY, WILL NOT LISTEN NOR ACCEPT THEIR INSANITY THEY WILL HAVE TO CHANGE.....WE MUST TAKE BACK OUR RIGHTS, FREEDOMS AND THE GOVERNMENT! IT IS OUR COUNTRY, OUR CONSTITUTION AND LAWS THEY AR ENOT FOLLOWING....SO IT IS THE COURSTS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION THT HAVE TO GO, GET OUT AND STOP BEING COMMUNISTS!
It is time to make the so called regulators suffer. Picket their house, follow them by changing people so they cannot claim stalking. Talk to their children and ask how they are doing in school. Yes it is time to let their neighbors know who the enemies are.
and yet Obama has a $100,000.00 plus a year Sharia Czar on the government payroll
Do you know their name and actual title? I want to write my congressman about this.
Who is John Galt?