I know there has already been a ton of writing on Hobby Lobby and the case its lawyers will be presenting to the Supreme Court. Yes, my friends, that happens today. It is time for the highest court in our land to hear a case that should have never had to be brought against our government. After the Court hears the case, David Green will learn sometime in June or July if he will be able to continue operating his business according to his Christian values, or if he is told those values have no place in the business world.
David Green started Hobby Lobby in his garage and it has grown since that time. He now has 602 stores across America and he is a billionaire. He has no problem telling you his business is a success because of God and he gives liberally to churches and other religious organizations. When asked about bringing his religion to work, he made this simple, yet profound statement.
“I don’t care if you’re in business or out of business, God owns it,” says Green. “How do I separate it? Well, it’s God’s in church and it’s mine here? I have purpose in church, but I don’t have purpose over here? You can’t have a belief system on Sunday and not live it the other six days.”
David Green believes every word contained in those sentences. He follows his Christian beliefs closely in his business. Every store closes on Sunday, giving his employees time to go to church, if they so desire. He practices what he preaches, even if he isn’t a preacher. How successful has Hobby Lobby been? I’ll let David Green tell his own story, in the form of a letter defending his business practices.
Conservative Infidel – 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 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.
Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
Where David Green and Hobby Lobby are running afoul of the government has everything to do with ObamaCare. Because of the open-ended way that train wreck is written, the Obama administration has written and rewritten regulations as they see the need. Contained in those regulations is a rule that businesses have to pay for insurance that provides birth control. Let me be clear. David Green is not opposed to birth control, although that would be his right. What he is opposed to is things like Plan B, which is nothing more than an abortion in pill form. Since he is strongly pro-life, David Green has no desire or plans to help pay for what is, essentially, an abortion.
I would not dare predict how the Supreme Court will rule. If I get the itch to do that, all I have to do is remember how the Supreme Court managed to save ObamaCare in its convoluted ruling and changing definitions. That’s enough to keep me away from that exercise. Suffice it to say, I will not be surprised to see Hobby Lobby lose their appeal.
The case will likely hinge on what the Supreme Court decides about business owners applying their religion to their business. Liberals are in an uproar against Hobby Lobby, saying David Green should not be allowed to escape the ObamaCare regulations because of his religion. They are making the claim that his religious beliefs have no place in practice at his business. Along that same line of thought, consider this.
Was it not back in the 1960′s when liberals started their plans to remove God from the public school system. They have fairly well accomplished that goal and we can see how that has affected our schools and the children they are supposed to be educating. At every turn, Christians are expected to leave their religious beliefs, some of them held very deeply, at the door when they leave the house and enter the public arena. No prayer at school functions. A child can not even say grace over their meal without offending someone. A co-worker could very well be upset if they see you pray silently, thanking God for your food and your health.
Those same tactics are now being used against Christian business owners. They are expected to leave their Christian beliefs at their house, entering the business world and acting as if they know nothing about God. Heaven forbid they show their faith by allowing those beliefs to guide them in their business practices. So many people seem to think that the First Amendment does not apply to Christian business owners. To anyone who believes that, I would refer you to David Green’s statement quoted earlier in this post.
It really is that simple. It should be a clear-cut case of allowing religious freedom to continue in America. It doesn’t matter if David Green is making a profit or not, it should be his right to conduct his business as he sees fit. If the ruling goes against Hobby Lobby, it will be, instead, a clear-cut case of pushing God even further out of the public view and out of America. That will be a sad time, indeed.