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.
THEY ARE GOING TO POKE THE HORNET NEST TILL WE COME OUT ( I HOPE WE ARE READY AND THE MILITARY IS WITH US ) BY THE WAY HAPPY EASTER .
Agree, and Easter blessings to you and yours also!
The risen Christ is always looking out for his sheep and his sheep are always looking up to him,whatever ovomit may be planning or conjuring up is no way part of God's plan for America. I think about Herod,Caesar or Nebuchadnezzar in this the Easter season and how they ruled with the sword and violence and the murder of innocent lives. In the case of ovomit he can perhaps see himself as a murderer,a ruler and maybe even king to full fill his agenda and i can only laugh at him as most people laugh at him daily,because it is only within his own mind that his dreams will manifest and oh what a rude awakening will be his experience when he is escorted to prison or out of the country,for his crimes against the people who he failed to listen to.
Happy Easter/May God Be With Us During these Trying Times.