Tragic letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO: results of personal freedoms slipping away

The Hobby Lobby CEO (left) and his wife

The Hobby Lobby CEO (left) and his wife

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This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasn’t built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans.

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.

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.

Why does Hobby Lobby’s defiance matter? Find out here.

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  1. I am logging in to say something also. This article of course, is almost a real fabrication of what Hobby Lobby is all about. First of all, if they are such great christians that run the place how come nobody knew this until they tried to get out of this healthcare thing? Number 2, they claim they pay 80% above minimum wage-oh yah, at what store? That would be $13.50 per hour in all state, I never met anyone at Hobby Lobby that made that much money besides the store manager, most of their staff make around $8.50 per hour. Number 3, I understand the patriotism thing and maybe even the religious thing, but as far as beoing part of the local community? Bull !-they buy the majority of their products through a company called Hong Kong Connections, if they are truly about patriotism and community then buy from Americans and I will support you, you guys cant have it both ways. Finally number 4, Hobby Lobby only offers a major medical plan, and have never offered anything else, and no major med plan that I ever heard about included anything except payment if you were hospitalized, so no kidding that their plan does not include contraception and on top of that, it is only available after you have been there six months and are full time, nobody in Hobby Lobby stores is considered full time except department heads and managers.

    • Perhaps you didn’t know Hobby Lobby was a Christian-owned and operated business, but that is not a reflection on what others of us knew. It just tells us that you were unaware of it. As to the rest of you charges, you cite no sources and offer no proof. Allegations do not an argument make. The issue here is not all the other things you mentioned. The issue under discussion here is whether or not Hobby Lobby can be forced to provide insurance that provides contraception, forcing them to violate their consciences. That is the focus of the letter and the threat facing them (and the rest of us) and this thread. The rest of your tirade, I thinkm is aimed at obscuring the issue and distracting attention away from the central point.

    • abaworlock says:

      Don’t care if its a religious thing. Promiscuity, drugs and alcohol or even a low fat diet are all personel decisions and should be paid by the person that made that decision and not by the employer. Companies shouldn’t have to pay for employees bad decisions.

  2. I made typos: “you” should have been “your” and “thinkm” should have been “think,”. Darn tiny keyboards. Grrr.

  3. What has happened to personal responsibility? Since WHEN did YOUR CHOICE to engage in sexual activity – along with the natural consequences – become SOMEONE else’s responsibility?

    Regardless of religious views – WHEN did it become the the RESPONSIBILITY of the employer to PAY for ANY woman’s contraceptives?

    These ‘people’ are all about ‘my body – my choice’…. but apparently NOT ‘my responsibility’?

    I stand with Hobby Lobby!

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