Skip to comments.Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
Posted on 12/05/2012 8:37:54 AM PST by listenhillary
David Green is the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. This letter is an excellent illustration of how stupid one-size-fits-all federal policies trample individual freedom.
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.
Sincerely, David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
May God continue to bless Mr. Green and his family during these troubling and trying times.
Get the original letter. This isn’t the original. The last couple of paragraphs, for example, are written by some pimple-faced teenage boy trying to see his work go viral.
Daniel refuses to bow.
And should the court decide that our Religious Freedom is not worth protecting and is not guaranteed under the First Amendment like it says, then we will immediately CLOSE OUR BUSINESS AND LIQUIDATE EVERYTHING, We don’t need the money.
1. Post-menopausal female, does not require contraceptives, but thermostat needs to manned at all times.
2. Only grumpy on days ending in "y". ;)
“We don’t like to go running into court”
Sir, you are not running into court. You are with deliberation and with right on your side walking calmly into court. And may God Almighty bless your cause.
Glad to see them stand up to the O-Hole and for America
Theo, can you find a link to the original letter?
I was working on that. If you have a link, it would be appreciated. Post the real letter in this thread.
Me trying to multitask is no excuse, but I’m going to use it anyway.
We shop there now.
We will shop there in the future.
As for any stores which have given funds to Obama, or support any of the latest liberal piles of excrement, fogeddabowdit!
I do have a problem with this statement:
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief.
I can see it now.
Your honor, I killed my daughter because she was dating an infidel. I was only following my religious beliefs. My family's honor was at risk.
In reference to your last sentence in post 12: AMEN!
As far as I know, there's only one major 'religion' in the world that 'preaches' that. There is no other set of religious principles anywhere that I know of that advocates murder (and please don't make reference to the Old Testament of the Bible to argue with me, okay?).
There are universal norms of behavior that most of our original laws were founded upon.
My name is David Green, and I am the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In case you are not familiar with our company, we are a national arts and crafts retailer with more than 500 stores in 41 states. We are headquartered in Oklahoma and employ more than 22,500 individuals nationwide.
I started Hobby Lobby as a miniature picture frame company, called Greco Products, in 1970. My family and I made miniature picture frames and sold them to various retailers. Because there was a high demand for this product at the time, we were able to take out a loan of $600 from the bank to open our first retail store, which consisted of 300 square feet of manufacturing space in the back, and 300 square feet of retail space in the front. That store became the first ever Hobby Lobby.
My family has been an integral part of this business since day one, and remains an important part of it today. My son, Steve Green, is president of Hobby Lobby. My son, Mart Green, is president of Mardel, which is a Christian bookstore that is an affiliated business with Hobby Lobby. My daughter Darsee Lett is a vice president of Hobby Lobby. Several of my grandchildren also work in our business.
Another integral part of Hobby Lobby from day one has been our faith. My parents were both pastors, and all of my siblings are involved in ministry. I felt like somewhat of an outsider going into retail, but Ive found a way to minister through Hobby Lobby. We have always operated our company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles, including integrity and service to others. We believe wholeheartedly that it is by Gods grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has been successful. Therefore, we seek to honor him in all that we do.
As part of that faith, we care greatly for our employees and their families. Thats why, unlike most major retailers, we are only open 66 hours per week and are closed on Sundays to allow our employees to spend time with their families. For the past four years in a row, we have increased the minimum wage for our full-time employees, and its now 80 percent above the national minimum wage.
We also believe in sharing our faith, which is why we purchase full-page ads at Christmas and Easter in newspapers in all the major cities where we operate. We also contribute both time and funds to numerous Christian organizations across the nation and the world. Hobby Lobby has always been a tool for the Lords work. For me and my family, charity equals ministry, which equals the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We know that we have been blessed by Gods grace, and we believe it is because we have chosen to live our lives and to operate our business according to His word, and we are very grateful for that.
But now our faith is being challenged by the federal government. The Health and Human Services preventative services mandate forces businesses to provide the morning-after and the week-after pills in our health insurance plans. These abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported our family and thousands of our employees and their families. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.
It has aleld in been used and upheld in court. Some where in Arizona I believe. A Muslim ran over his daughter and claimed it was an honor killing so she didn’t bring shame to the family.
Totally agree...but those you mention are among us, and they have their own laws that they obey while ignoring ours.
And it is ‘laws’ such as those - like ritual slayings in the name of some god - that needs to be vigorously defended against.
Sorry, I was away from my desk in a meeting with Joe the Plumber.
Here’s a link to David Green’s op-ed:
Theo, many thanks for the link.
Servant of the Cross,
There are differences between the examiner article and the one in usa today.
As far as I know, there’s only one major ‘religion’ in the world that ‘preaches’ that.
Correction! Islam is NOT a religion. It is a cult with a political objective.
Hence, the quotation marks around the words 'religion' and 'preaches'.
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