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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10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media – Trevin Wax

A recent blog on The Gospel Coalition website entitled 10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media  by Trevin Wax posed 10 pertinent questions that pro-abortionists are never required to answer.

These questions are extremely important, as they bring out many of the inconsistencies involved with such a position. The bottom line is that these people must define personhood at some arbitrary point. Also, they really have no basis for opposing gender based abortions either, or for saying it is a “tragic choice.”

As the inconsistencies continue to mount up, we’ll see if they are ever forced to give an answer.

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Of Babies and Beans: Paul Ryan on Abortion : The New Yorker

The New Yorker

This could be one of the more frightening articles I have ever read. The radical skepticism concerning faith and human life is astonishing. Regarding faith he says, “Our system, unlike the Iranians’, is not meant to be so total: it depends on making many distinctions between private life, where we follow our conscience into our chapel, and our public life, where we seek to merge many different kinds of conscience in a common space. Our faith should not inform us in everything we do, or there would be no end to the religious warfare that our tolerant founders feared.”

He also compares Ryan’s stance to what an Iranian would say. He seems to be suggesting that faith is only for the church, and when you enter reality you leave faith behind. Of course, he wouldn’t be so quick to allow the same standard with regard to his worldview, which, made apparent by this article, he takes with him everywhere he goes. Another question is this: just what exactly does it look like to not allow your faith to impact your life? It’s called atheism, and once that happens, faith has disappeared entirely. If someone believes that life begins at conception, but does not oppose abortion, that’s called hypocrisy.

This leads to his next argument , regarding abortion, which is even worse: 1) Life may begin in some sense at conception. 2) We don’t know what sense. 3) For life to truly exist it needs to be conscience and thinking. 4) It’s too ambiguous so let’s just let the woman decide.

Guess logic gets thrown out the window along with faith. The thing is that we actually know a great deal about the life in the womb. Most importantly, it is just that, LIFE. Beans don’t have beating hearts, sir. What’s truly ambiguous is the absurd notion that life is defined by “conscience, thinking.” It is this type of argument set forth here that allows Peter Singer of Princeton to argue that a baby could rightly be aborted for a certain period of time AFTER birth. Here, anyone can read Mr. Singer’s position. If a baby is “defective” and the parents don’t want it, then kill it. It’s not yet a person. What if the baby is not defective, but the parents don’t want it? Well, it would be less wrong to kill that baby than an adult, but there are a lot of people who would want it so it would be wrong to kill it. Is that ambiguous Mr. Gopnik? Do you have a basis for opposing such an evil position? I don’t think you do.

He says it like this, “It is conscious, thinking life that counts, and where and exactly how it begins (and ends) is so complex a judgment that wise men and women, including some on the Supreme Court, have decided that it is best left, at least at its moments of maximum ambiguity, to the individual conscience (and the individual conscience’s doctor).”

So there ya go folks. It’s ambiguous so don’t worry about it. His next statement is truly amazing:

“The cost of simplifying this truth is immense cruelty—cruelty to the bean when, truly developed, it becomes a frightened teen-ager who is to be compelled by law to carry her unwished-for pregnancy through with all the trauma that involves.”

So, in essence, to not allow the murder of babies is cruel because one of those babies might grow up to carry an unwanted baby. I just had a beautiful baby boy, and statements like this I simply cannot fathom. This is a far cry from the Psalter’s wonderful declaration,

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” Psalm. 139:13-15

Of Babies and Beans: Paul Ryan on Abortion : The New Yorker.

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Some NYC schools to offer “morning after” pills – CBS News

While listening to The Briefing this morning, Dr. Mohler discussed a disturbing story coming out of NYC (not exactly a shocker), which indicated a program in some NYC schools that “has a conversation” about teenage pregnancy and sex by giving teenagers the morning after pill (see link below). So, apparently today having a discussion about teenage pregnancy mean giving out a prescription that kills already conceived babies. Next we’ll be having a “conversation about drugs” by giving a pill that eliminates the evidence and immediate consequences of drugs. Sounds logical.

How bout this: parents, teach your children that pre-marital sex is wrong and the way to avoid teenage pregnancy is to follow God’s plan regarding sexuality, aka abstinence. Schools, you’re not helping.

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