Letter from Hobby Lobby CEO

English: Hobby Lobby store in Stow, OhioBelow is a letter written from Hobby Lobby‘s CEO David Green in light of the recent lawsuit they have filed against the Obama Administration which denied their request for an exemption for the healthcare mandate:

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

So, one of the many outcomes of Obama’s big government policies is to force job creating, family owned and operated, businesses to pay huge fines, or forget their principles. For people of faith, the second is not an option. This is just the beginning of what this administration has to offer when it comes to religious freedom. Not a great start for the Obama administration in the quest to bring our economy back. In fact, it is these types of policies that will bring our country to the brink of economic crisis, and these types of mandates that begin to erode the freedoms upon which our country was founded.

So, this holiday season buy from Hobby Lobby. Let the staff know you’re grateful for their business, and right a letter do Mr. Green thanking him for sticking to his principles in the face of outright religious persecution. Let’s not stand for this.

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5 comments on “Letter from Hobby Lobby CEO

  1. doccochran says:

    Thanks for the post. I think you are right that this is targeted against Christians. David Green and family are taking a bold stand for a freedom that is the most fundamental, yet one quickly being jettisoned by our nation. Keep up the good work.

  2. Matt says:

    I think this is a slippery slope and one with no great answer. If Hobby Lobby is awarded a “win” then what prevents another company from saying their religious convictions put them at odds against gluttony and they will not cover someones high cholesterol medication because it violates their religious views. Should they too be able to claim persecution since they too would have to provide insurance that covers something they are against religiously? When I go to a doctor I don’t want them to treat me based off their religion or spiritual views because they might not be my own! Medicine and medical insurance should cover everything, period. I strongly feel that my body is the temple of God, do I then think anyone who I employ should be restricted from any medical service because they violate my religious views? Do I then get to restrict services within an employee’s medical insurance because they violate my moral code by being overweight or obese? Christian Scientists allow children to die from common childhood illnesses because they believe “if God wants to heal you, He will.” Should a Christian Scientist who owns a business be allowed to exercise these rules and views upon his employees and restrict their health insurance coverage since seeing a doctor is taking it out of God’s hands? Being involved in a society means you have to sometimes do / support things you don’t always agree with because it isn’t always about your individual view! That is the basis of all societies! I do feel bad for the owners of Hobby Lobby because I think they are very Godly and honorable people who are trying to live and work in a way that provides honor to God. However, there is NO way possible to 100% live as a member of a society and country and also have every single one of your moral views be upheld. Sometimes you have to be willing to say “my moral compass doesn’t align with this” and that’s it. The owners of Hobby Lobby do not have to go out and use the morning or week after pills, no one is forcing them too. Medical and moral alignment though, are opposed and separate, otherwise you might have a Christian doctor refusing to help save a gay man’s life in the Emergency Room because he is morally opposed to homosexuality and any help he provides the gay man could be construed as an endorsement of homosexuality!

    • Matt,

      Slippery slope arguments are not overly convincing. Anyone can argue against anything based on the infamous “slippery slope.” For instance, if someone who worked for hobby lobby wanted a sex change, should they cover that? That’s the slippery slope of your argument. No one is suggesting that someone who claims a religious believe should automatically be exempt from whatever they want. So how do we decide?

      Clearly this is something that should be taken on a case by case basis. But consider that Hobby Lobby from its inception has been an institution of faith which is run based on Christian principles. One of these is the deep seeded principle that Christians have held throughout history concerning the sanctity of human life. Their employees are aware of these convictions as well as the public. The abortion inducing pills are not treatments of an illness, they are drugs that kill people. None of the examples you gave are true parallels. Your final example is particularly perplexing. Obviously if an ER doctor refused to treat someone for any reason, he would and should lose his license. Any so-called “religious view” that would result in the breaking of the most fundamental of human moral laws would and should be denied. Jesus healed sinners.

      But this issues is entirely different. This is a new mandate which is forcing a family run business to violate principles in clear contradiction to its religious principles. Principles which have been practiced since its inception.

      You said, “Being involved in a society means you have to sometimes do / support things you don’t always agree with because it isn’t always about your individual view! That is the basis of all societies!” This is false. I have never had to do or support something that violates my Christian principles in society. Never. Not once. The problem of course is a modern one for America. When government begins to control everything, then people’s basic religious freedoms are trampled on.

      One more thing. It is the same slippery slope type of argument that is leading to the restriction of religious free speech because it could lead to “hate speech.” If someone says a particular behavior is wrong, it could lead to bullying, therefore, you can’t say someone’s lifestyle is sinful in public. This is the logic of a politically correct society with no regard for religious freedom. If we take this case on it’s own merit, then clearly Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom is being trampled on, and this is the opposite of what they government should be ding.

  3. Mike says:

    This is not an attack on Christian principals or anything else. It is simply a real world health issue that is being addressed. I admit a level heavy handed but that is ObamaCare in general. No one is forcing the Green family or Hobby Lobby employees to use birth control. They are simply being forced to provide it to any employees who wishes to use it. This is a personal choice for the employee. If a business overs health insurance they should not get to choose what medicine or procedure is covered. If the medicine or procedure is generally accepted or drug approved by FDA it should be covered with no question asked.

    • I disagree. This is a fundamental Christian principle. And it is a new development with Obama’s mandate. This blanket you have to cover everything idea no questions asked is simply ridiculous.

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