This was passed along to me i\through my e-mail.
Hobby Lobby May Close All Stores
then peaceable, gentle, open toreason, full of mercy and good fruits,
without uncertainty orinsincerity." - James
David Green, founder & CEO
of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
When my family and I started
ourcompany 40 years ago,
we were working out of a garage on a
assembling miniature picture
first retail store
wasn't much bigger than most people's
living rooms, but
we hadfaith that we would succeed if we
lived and worked
according to God'sword.
Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's
largest arts and
crafts retailers, with more than 500
states. Our children grew up into fine
andtoday 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
laws, and (2) to focus on people more than
money.And that's whatwe've tried to do. We close
early so our employees can see their familiesat night.
We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's
biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families
canenjoy a day of rest.
We believe that it is by God's
grace thatHobby Lobby has
endured, and he has blessed us and
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 at80% above minimum
But now, our government threatens to changeall of
A new government healthcare mandate says that our
family business MUST provide what I believe are
abortion-causing drugsas part of our health insurance.
Being Christians, we don't pay for drugsthat might cause
abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency
contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after
pill. Webelieve doing so might end a life after the
moment of conception,something that is contrary to our most
important beliefs. It goes againstthe Biblical
principles on which we have run this
company since dayone.
If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad
economy. Our government threatens to fine a company
that's raisedwages four years running.
threatens to fine a familyfor 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 foreverybody. But that's not true. The government
has exempted thousands ofcompanies from this mandate,
for reasons of convenience or cost. But itwon't exempt
them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobbyand my family are forced to make a choice.
With great reluctance, we fileda lawsuit today, represented
by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,asking a federal
court to stop this mandate before it
hurts ourbusiness. We don't like to go running into
court, but we no longer have a
choice.We believe peopleare more important than the
bottom line and that honoring God
is moreimportant than turning a profit.
My family has lived the Americandream. We want to
continue growing our company and providing great jobs
for thousands of employees, but the government is going to
make thatmuch more difficult. The government is forcing
us to choose betweenfollowing our faith and following the
law. I say that's a choice noAmerican and no American
business should have to make.
Thegovernment cannot force you to follow laws that go
against yourfundamental religious belief.
They have exempted thousands of companiesbut will not except
Christian organizations including the Catholicchurch.
Since you will not see this in the liberal media,
pleasepass this on to all your contacts.
CEO andFounder of
Hobby Lobby Stores,Inc.