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Hobby Lobby Becomes Largest Company to Sue Over ‘Obamacare’ Birth Control Mandate
The Blaze ^ | 9/13/12 | Becket Adams

Posted on 09/12/2012 11:01:15 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the privately held arts and crafts retail chain, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its controversial HHS mandate requiring that all employers provide birth control coverage to their employees.

“By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” said CEO and founder David Green. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

How much did Green say his company would have to pay in fines?

“David Green … says he’ll have to pay as much as $1.3 million in daily fines if he doesn’t pay for types of contraception he and other evangelicals morally oppose, including the so-called ‘morning after’ pill [emphasis added],” the Washington Times reports.

What’s notable about Mr. Green’s decision is that not only is Hobby Lobby now the largest company to sue the Obama administration’s over its HHS mandate, but it’s also the first non-Catholic-owned business to do so.

And Mr. Green certainly runs a Christian-style business.

Hobby Lobby stores are never open on Sunday and the chain’s website attributes its continued success to its practice of “honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with biblical principles.”

“Washington politicians cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs.”

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Started in 1972 in a 300-square-foot retail space in Oklahoma, Mr. Green’s business has grown into a nationwide enterprise that spans more than 40 states.

“It is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” said Green. “Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”

“The conflict for me is that our family is being forced to choose between following the laws of the country 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,” he added.

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

“There are now 28 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka ‘Obamacare’),” according to a press release from the non-profit, public-interest law firm The Becket Fund.

“These HHS challenges were not affected by the Supreme Court’s June 28th ruling on the constitutionality of the ‘individual mandate,’” the release adds.

No word yet on whether federal officials have issued an apology for hurting Mr. Green’s religious feelings.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamacare
Oh, but if Hobby Lobby were owned by muzzies...
1 posted on 09/12/2012 11:01:20 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Nail in the coffin when you piss off the scrapbooksrs and knitters!


2 posted on 09/12/2012 11:08:47 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: Impala64ssa

thank God for the courageous leaders of this company. i’m going to back them if i can. we’re going to need more people standing against government run “healthcare.”


3 posted on 09/12/2012 11:15:55 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: dadfly

Time for another Chick-Fil-A-style BUYcott.


4 posted on 09/12/2012 11:20:28 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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“David Green … says he’ll have to pay as much as $1.3 million in daily fines if he doesn’t pay for types of contraception he and other evangelicals morally oppose, including the so-called ‘morning after’ pill [emphasis added],” the Washington Times reports.

If I were David Green as a business man, I would not have a problem with paying for contraception. However, the government has no damn place in telling Mr. Green that his company should pay for contraception for his employees, even though it contradicts his personal beliefs.

The Obama administrations touts and screams that the separation of state and church is a must, and on that point they are correct. However, when the state decides it policies are more important than the theological beliefs of the citizens, that concept is ignored.

Obama does not believe in the concept of the separation of State and Church. Obama believes in the concept of the supremacy of the State over the church.

5 posted on 09/12/2012 11:32:49 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Time for another Chick-Fil-A-style BUYcott.”

There’s a Hobby Lobby just a few blocks from me which will be getting a visit.


6 posted on 09/12/2012 11:35:42 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: sf4dubya

Ha!


7 posted on 09/12/2012 11:46:03 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Impala64ssa

and the name is catchy. i think i’ve got them online at www.hobbylobby.com. i’m going to enjoy buying some nice stuff there for my wife and kids. going to spread the word too.

this is a good post.


8 posted on 09/12/2012 11:53:22 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Impala64ssa; All

Perfect timing. Hobby Lobby is at it’s very best for fall & Christmas.


9 posted on 09/13/2012 1:01:59 AM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Impala64ssa

Thanks for this post. I’ve encouraged my mother to start shopping there. I think she already has in the past. Oddly, I waalked into one of these stores near where I live years ago thinking it was a store for radio controlled, cars, airplanes, etc. only to find out it was for crafts. Funny! I also notice some of their stores put notes out front indicating if you are looking for such a thing go to xyz address.


10 posted on 09/13/2012 2:40:01 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: Impala64ssa

I love this store. I’ved been shopping there for years.


11 posted on 09/13/2012 4:04:17 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: Impala64ssa

Muslims are exempt from Obamacare.

It seems Obama did not want to offend their sensibilities.


12 posted on 09/13/2012 4:20:56 AM PDT by usmcobra (Happiness is a belt fed weapon.)
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To: coconut47

We just learned of the store three years ago on a Florida visit. Mrs. jimfree was very impressed by the quality and variety. My daughter explained the history of the company to me. Since then a store opened not far up the road in Laurel Maryland.


13 posted on 09/13/2012 5:25:38 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Impala64ssa
“David Green … says he’ll have to pay as much as $1.3 million in daily fines...

μολὼν λαβέ would be a proper response.

14 posted on 09/13/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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