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Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

Posted by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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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.


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ajc1106
by New Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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It may be an unpopular opinion but I applaud them for standing by their beliefs and principles.
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VeronicaTex
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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That's as clear and honest as it gets.

God bless the Greens!!!!

Veronica

jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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While I don't agree 100% with his families views on the drugs.... I support him 100% for holding true to their religion. 

jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/05/hobby-lobby-ceo-open-letter-honoring-god-is-more-important-than-turning-a-profit/


http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/04/hobby-lobby-ceo-pens-tragic-letter-about-loss-of-religious-freedom/


Supporters plan Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Jan. 5 


I am looking at purchasing a new die cutter, vinyl cutter (silhouette).  Hobby Lobby just may get $260. From me today! 

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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If he were actually asked to pay for the medications I'd agree with him.

As it stands, he isn't, so I think it's about control.

..MoonShine..
by Bronze Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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I agree.

Quoting romalove:

If he were actually asked to pay for the medications I'd agree with him.

As it stands, he isn't, so I think it's about control.

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jcrew6
by Jenney on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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His family owned business is being mandated by the governemnt to fund insurance plans that cover drugs that go against their beliefs.  

A better way around this, would have been for ObamaCare to encourage HSA's and allow people the freedom to choose their own treatments. Instead ObamaCare went too far to specifically define what services, drugs, etc  companies are mandated to fund in their healthcare coverage.  

Quoting romalove:

If he were actually asked to pay for the medications I'd agree with him.

As it stands, he isn't, so I think it's about control.


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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Quoting jcrew6:

His family owned business is being mandated by the governemnt to fund insurance plans that cover drugs that go against their beliefs.  

A better way around this, would have been for ObamaCare to encourage HSA's and allow people the freedom to choose their own treatments. Instead ObamaCare went too far to specifically define what services, drugs, etc  companies are mandated to fund in their healthcare coverage.  

Quoting romalove:

If he were actually asked to pay for the medications I'd agree with him.

As it stands, he isn't, so I think it's about control.


I hate ACA.  

I think it's funny that people are so focused on this issue, the contraception mandate, when the SCOTUS gave the government cart blanche to do anything they want to us as long as they call it a tax.

Having said that, as I understand it, the insurance companies are to provide the contraception to the employees upon request without cost in premiums to the employer and without cost to the employee.

It might be helpful if the insurance companies kept a record of the contraception they provided as a line item in their accountings to show it as a deduction and that it was not put into cost for anyone, as they are required to do.

It would have been better if they tried to do a single payer program instead of the monstrosity they have beset us with.

Either way, I don't think Hobby Lobby is being honest about their reasoning.

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by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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 I think it is wonderful to see Hobby Lobby standing up for their Christian beliefs and not backing down in the face of the criticism.

God Bless them and keep His hand upon them.


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littlemoments99
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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I love what this company stands for. I wish there was one closer to me. I would definately support it in whatever way I could. There is a Chick-fil-a coming soon. I am excited about that!! 

I am so proud of this company. It's so nice to see people stand up for Christ even if it puts others against them. Praying that God blesses their company through this hard time. 

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