The Hobby Lobby May Soon Have To Close
Hobby Lobby, We May Have To Close
David Sloan “The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.” – James 3:17 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 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 exempt Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
We as American Christians will resist.. or flee to the wilderness
I could take your article more seriously if, indeed, you did not buy all your merchandise from China. China has a one-child policy and mandates abortion for any couple who already has one child. So in essence, you are saying it is all right to buy merchandise for resale from a country that demands abortion? Sorry, I don’t buy your logic!
Hi Terry, I appreciate your comment and don’t want to argue with you, but it seems that America has also given or is in the process of giving the green light for any kind of abortion. Also I have visited America and have found almost every store that I visited displaying goods from China, including the Disney Resorts. What can we possibly do it may be that the Hobby Lobby is not alone and should not be singled out for their Chinese goods. In South Africa our communist government gives the Chinese free reign, they are even bringing in troops disguised as civilians. We have reports of a small town that is overrun by Chinese where they salute each other in the street. I think we are all in trouble our governments are weak. Good luck and thank you for visiting WHISNews21
—-The point isn’t what OTHER countries are doing; The point is that OUR gov’t is FORCING (much like China forcing abortions) us to provide abortions against our strongly held religious beliefs thru BO care. Dictatorships and Communist countries (like China) mandate such directives; our country is supposed to be fighting those kinds of gov’ts.